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Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place...Kusakabe a disappointment...

Sushi Sho has a very good selection of nigiri, but they may lack the variety and more unusual options of some high end larger places. They have their menu on their website:

http://www.sushi-sho.com

BTW, I am going on Saturday night at 5:30 for dinner and welcome the company of other Chow hounders.

Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place...Kusakabe a disappointment...

od_sf,

Can you explain what you mean by neta? I am not familiar with this term.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Recent research on the health effects of drinking soda:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/drinking-...

Oct 21, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place...Kusakabe a disappointment...

I think you will like Sushi Sho. Alki is very serious about his Sushi and his wife is the super nicest person.

One thing people should note about Sushi Sho- they accept reservations on opentable now. It makes planning dinner there much easier.

Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place...Kusakabe a disappointment...

It's true they do have a lot of creative preparations but they also have a specials menu with choices of fresh simple sushi.

Oct 21, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Longtime resident at a loss for a favorite sushi place...Kusakabe a disappointment...

I can give you recommendations in the Bay Area but outside of the city of SF.

If you are wiling to drive to the east bay, Sushi Sho in El Certito is excellent. Chef Aki San is a sushi master. We have been recently and it was excellent as usual.

If you are willing to drive to the North Bay there is Sushi Ran. This place is expensive. We have not been in about a year but it's always been excellent when we have eaten here.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

Actually soda is worse than all the other things you mention. Ice cream and donuts at least have fat to make people feel full. Candy might have chocolate which has polyphenols and flavonols that have health benefits. Same is true of fruit juice. Frapachinos are bad for you but again at least they have fat (unless you are delusional enough to get a non-fat one) and fat makes you feel full. Soda is just an extremely quickly absorbable form of concentrated sugar with no nutritive benefits and no bulk to make you feel full. It's loaded with calories but stimulates your appetite so you eat more. No mater what you think of these ordinances, sweetened soda is one of the most horrible things you can put in your body. Soda is poison. Donuts are not health food but they are not poison in the same way soda is.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

I am on the fence on this one but I am generally leery of nanny-state approaches. There are tons and tons of studies showing sugar is harmful and makes people obese and diabetic. Rather than place a tax on the junk why not slap on a detailed warning label like what's on cigarettes? Educate people about how toxic this stuff really is. And then let them decide.

Oct 20, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

K2 Restaurant Group - ruined restaurants in Berkeley?

Any recent reports on Lalimes?

Oct 20, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions for November Cheese of the Month

Good idea. In the past 20 years or so Brie has evolved into this goto generic unusual fancy French cheese for the masses and can be found in all supermarkets. Most of them are dreadful. But some Bries are exquisite. This summer I had one that floored me it was so delicious. I certainly look forward to digging I to the artisanal Brie world.

Oct 16, 2014
Ridge in Cheese
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Cantonese DIm Sum Recommendations for Bay Area

Chemicalkinetics- have fun & let us know your impressions of current SF dim sum. Oh and give the XLB at KP a try, I have always loved them and hope the bad reports are flukes.

Oct 09, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Cantonese DIm Sum Recommendations for Bay Area

Koi palace. Heavenly XLB. Just go.

Oct 08, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Distinctive in SF for E. Coast [Portland, ME] foodies

Koi palace is in Daly City, about a 10 or 15 minute drive south of SF. It's the only Bay Area Dim sum I have tried that comes close to the level of Dim Sum I have had in Asia. I think it's worth the drive just to experience the high quality of the dim sum.

I don't think Yank Sing is as authentic overall, and the last time I went there I was disappointed with the food.

Oct 08, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Distinctive in SF for E. Coast [Portland, ME] foodies

I suggest Koi Palace for dim sum, Bar Tartine for really unique and creative seasonal cuisine, Dosa for a fun Indian dinner in a nice setting with excellent cocktails, Kokarri- upscale delicious Greek, Z&Y in Chinatown for spicy Sichuan, also Terra cotta warrior for Xi'an/Shaanxi Chinese cuisine.

Oct 08, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

I feel like I don't have anything else to add to this discussion. Everything I have said has been taken out of context and misstated and I have been called ill informed and not component enough to judge restaurants. So I am signing off. Good bye!

Oct 05, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

I said I HAVEN'T been to Verbena. I'm not in a situation in life where I can taste all the fancy restaurants in SF and be up to date on everything that is supposed to be hot, does that mean I not entitled to an opinion? Or perhaps should not post on CH? Are you the CH police of something? I just said compared to the ones I have been to been to (Frances, AQ, Altier Cren and several others over the years) I thought the way the chef used herbs in combination with spices was unique, very successful to my palate and not something I had encountered done as sucesfuly at other restaurants on SF.

I still contend that some people go to a fancy restaurant expecting a certain palate of flavors and techniques. If those expectations are challenged too much some people call the food unbalanced and unrifined. That's my theory about BT and I am sticking with it.

You may disagree but allow me to have an opinion even it it differs than yours. I like BT, you don't. People have different tastes. Let's agree to disagree.

Oct 05, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Rind anatomy?

I think you can eat the rinds of hard cheeses but they may not be very palatable. They tend to be too hard. With soft cheeses yeasts and molds in the rind raise the pH and soften the cheese from the outside in.

Oct 04, 2014
Ridge in Cheese

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

Seems like you are dinging them for being derivative when really all restaurants are derivative at some level. I could say I have had better Thai food in Bankok, better Italian food in Rome etc. that's not a particularly fair criticism.

Have not been to Verbena and thought AQ was good but not as different or Vibrant as BT. I was making the point that the flavor combinations were more impressive to me than I have had at other restaurants including AQ. I definitely would say AQ is more refined than BT. But I like rustic and bold and perhaps that is why some people love BT and others not so much. I am not a particularly refined person to begin with so I really dig what BT is doing.

Oct 04, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

When we went the table next to us ordered a lot of the same things but they seemed confused by the food. Perhaps it too out of the box for people expecting their food to be prepared from a certain palate of flavor profiles and techniques.

Oct 03, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

I don't agree. BT is the only restaurant in the Bay Area that puts fresh herbs to such good use in seasoning food. The chef blends them with spices in artistic ways. The food is bold, rustic and vibrant and I like it more than any of the other similarly priced restaurants. Not for everyone's palate it seems.

Oct 03, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar Tartine Fall 2014 [San Francisco]

Acid can bring out the vibrancy and flavors in food and is often neglected as a seasoning. But to be honest I don't remember the food at BT being exceptionally acidic. Except for the dessert. Here is a review I posted from our first visit there this summer:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984890

Oct 03, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

Once in a whole I try beans that blow me away. That's how I feel about the latest Old Soul Ethiopian offering. It's in Sacramento but they do mail order. Here is more info on the coffee:

http://www.oldsoulco.com/component/co...

Sep 30, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

I believe the cheese I wanted was the Torta del Caesar. Very deeply flavored.

Sep 28, 2014
Ridge in Cheese

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

That's a very tragic story. Was the causal agent determined?

The problem with the new rules is that they may end up doing more harm than good. For example humans who eat raw milk cheese will consume a diverse microbial flora that will help strengthen their immune systems against bad bugs like listeria. People on a completely sterile diet will be more susceptible to bad bugs. Secondly raw milk cheese itself had a diverse flora that makes it harder for bad bugs to gain a foothold. So the new rules may conceivably lead to more listeria not less.

The best approach is not the blanket ban on cheeses with above a certain level of harmless E. coli. That's what they are enforcing now. The best approach is to monitor the cheeses and if one has listeria (or Salmonella etc.) pull the lot.

I was just at the Cheeseboard in Berkley and asked about a raw Portuguese Sheeps milk cheese that I love. Sadly it's fallen victim to these new rules and is no longer available.

Sep 27, 2014
Ridge in Cheese

SF: What's Left to Do?

Based on my preferences and experiences I would do La Cicca, Rich table and definitely Dosa. And substitute Z&Y for R&G.

Sep 26, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

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

CHINESE HOT AND SOUR SOUP

Sep 25, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

"More people should be able to admit when they are wrong."

The I'm right you're wrong mentality wears thin after a while and interferes with real dialog. This is my last post here and my last reply to you on anything ever. Good bye and good luck.

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

Not so much about orthodoxy. It seems like some people just stated a different opinion than the OP. Related their own experiences and opinions. He could have left it as is. People like different things and can have different opinions. Instead he proceeded to insult them and question their judgment.

Sep 24, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

I wouldn't call stating ones opinion a quasi-orthodoxy.

Sep 24, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

The service at Tartine is ok but needs work. Last time I was there I complemented them on the music. It was an unfortunate coincidence I think that 1 minute later they abruptly changed the music!

Sep 24, 2014
Ridge in San Francisco Bay Area