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Arsicault Bakery in San Francisco

Can you say how you found the pastries wanting? Photos look great, very well-executed.

Bay Wolf to close after 40 years in Oakland on Piedmont Ave.

Bay Wolf to close after 40 years in Oakland on Piedmont Ave.

They are doing special dinners during July and August, with their Double Duck menu during the final week, August 25-30.

Any spottings of blenheim apricots in East Bay or San Francisco yet?

Many thanks. I saw the "Royals" at the Bowl yesterday but passed, assuming they were just Blenheim look-alikes but not necessarily taste-alikes (should have asked for a sample!).

Grocery Outlet May 2015

The Berkeley location will close by the end of the year:

Any spottings of blenheim apricots in East Bay or San Francisco yet?

Information about other good varieties/sources for this season also welcome. I've thus far had poppies from the farmers market, decidedly meh. Several varieties of pluots at the Berkeley Bowl, sweet with good texture.

In search of diagnosis and cure for "off" cookie texture

I like David Lebovitz's recipe for salted butter chocolate chip cookies (to which I add 1 1/2 cups of dried tart cherries to further vary the textures), but the cookies come out looking "oily" and not holding together with good texture throughout. I begin with room temperature butter as directed and refrigerate the dough before baking as directed, but wonder whether I'm overbeating the butter, or should start with cold butter, or whether using all butter just makes for an oily-er looking product. These taste so much better than the ones in the shops, but they look a bit homely. Any suggestions?

May 12, 2015
dordogne in Home Cooking

Candyfreak - where to find obscure candy bars?

Powell's Sweet Shop specializes in old school candy, as well as a dizzying array of gummy whatnots and jelly bellies by the pound. I've been to the one in Rockridge but they apparently have several Bay Area locations:

Flaky Egg Custard Tarts at Wa Li Bakery/SF Chinatown

Gratitude for tart fanatics with Facebook skills! Thanks very much.

Flaky Egg Custard Tarts at Wa Li Bakery/SF Chinatown

Great news. Golden Gate Bakery on Grant has been inexplicably closed (and of course no sign indicating return date) two of the last three times I've been by.

Best European Style Cafe in San Francisco

Charming café setting, good coffee, small selection of sublime pastry (try the honey cake) in Hayes Valley:

Hing Lung on Broadway (Finally) Reopening Tomorrow [San Francisco]

With new ownership, are you confident that it will still be a jook joint? I hope they'll still have that wonderful open kitchen in the front.

Chow Mein on Clement St [San Francisco]

The sticky rice is excellent and they do make it daily, but they often run out as early as 11 a.m. I often get a carton to take home; it heats up wonderfully in the microwave with a bit of water. I haven't found any other deli that has sticky rice, much less a version as generous with good quality add-ins. Any suggestions?

Saturday breakfast spot in East Bay: Good food, Not too crowded

Pizzaiolo on Telegraph/N. Oakland: Wonderful place to linger, great coffee and both sweet and savory pastries, usually one quiche-type dish, excellent toast. But no traditional cooked breakfast fare.

900 Grayson in West Berkeley: Excellent ingredients, classic breakfast fare well-prepared, comfortable room but best to get there before 10 a.m.

Oakland Restaurant Week coming soon: Jan 15-25, 2015

Eggnog Ice Cream

Three Twins has a seasonal eggnog flavor, subtle not cloying.

SF Chinatown Pork Bun (Char Siu Bao) crawl - suggestions?

Golden Gate was closed yesterday (12/18) and, as usual, no sign or other indication noting when they'll be back.

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

Baguette toasts for the rest of us, but there will be one gluten-free guest. Cheese board will include strong (epoisse), buttery (fromager d'Affinois or Delice Bourguignon) and semi-firm (goat or sheep). Any suggestions for gluten-free crackers that aren't heavily seasoned/seeded and won't compete with the tastes of the cheeses?

Dec 04, 2014
dordogne in Special Diets

Holiday Baking supplies

And for East Bayesians:

Spun Sugar
1611 University Avenue

Grocery Outlet--November 2014

At the Oakland store today:
Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper (semi-firm sheep), vacuum-packed, $9.99/lb.
Izze Pear Juice, 4-pack, $2.99
Lots of cracker varieties

Another Whole Foods coming to Berkeley

Like many other posters, I don't generally patronize Whole Foods and didn't want to like the Gilman store, but I couldn't resist the hype. I went during a lull on Sunday, so aisles were navigable, but I found most of the departments underwhelming *except* the fish counter--beautiful to behold (but $$)--and the café, serving (and roasting in the back) their own Allegro coffee. The espresso was excellent, beautifully pulled, a double ristretto for $3; they offered a sparkling water back, which is rare around here, and a roomy but uninviting area to sit and sip.

Grocery Outlet Wine sale Nov 5 - 9, at 20 percent off

Which GO, please?

oliveto -- recs? [Oakland]

One more vote for their pastas, and their Truffle Dinners are coming soon(Nov 18-22)

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

Does anyone know what happened to a shop (that made chocolates and flourless cakes w/ incredible butter cream), which was called "Cocolat," or something similar to that?

As long as we reminisce about the early days of the Gourmet Ghetto, don't forget Lenny's Meats next door (or nearly) to Cocolat--prime grade cuts and expert butchery.

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

The version at Iyasare (4th St., Berkeley) is sublime. As Robert Lauriston noted,
their rendition has black tiger shrimp / squid / scallop / shiitake / bonito flakes / mentaiko aioli / chili ponzu. It's a refined version of this comfort food, each of the component of high quality and the tastes remained distinctive; elegant presentation on a shallow, oblong cast iron pan. The bonito flakes added some wonderful theater--flakes were ethereally thin and light, shaved on top just as the dish is served so they dance on the surface of the pancake for the first 10-15 minutes of the meal. At $18, probably at the high end for this Dish of the Month, but with the beautifully updated dining room, excellent service and sake options, completely worth it.

Visiting Restaurant Recommendations

Blue Bottle, Boulettes Larder and Acme all have morning pastries and all are better than La Boulange. Boulettes has a charming seating area, or you can sit on a bench outside with a view of the Bay and the ferry landing.

ethnic markets in EB (esp Afghan/Indian)

Oasis market on Telegraph at 30th, Oakland: Middle Eastern groceries (bins, tins, bulk spices, produce), butcher (small section in the back), deli/take-out/dine-in (good prices on olives, lebneh, hummus and lamb dishes), pastries.

House of Banquet - still our go-to for dim sum in SFBA

Are you certain you got the right picture? The wrapper looks like your basic rice flour roll, not deep fried bean curd (but the bean curd/minced fish dish sounds great).

Perdition Smokehouse (downtown Berkeley)

Perdition's ribs are extremely good. Portions (I ordered a full slab) are generous and prices great ($22 per slab, not per lb.) The ribs were St. Louis style, dry rub, very savory, medium-smoky (even more smoky flavor might be nice). Meat very high quality as advertised. At the top end of local BBQ the most relevant competition would be with Fat Daddy’s BBQ (Kensington Farmers Market Sunday mornings; also reportedly at Kensington Chevron on Arlington on Saturdays—haven’t verified this). Fat Daddy’s ribs are smokier, which I like. But they’re more expensive. And they’re not available every day as Perdition’s are.