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Where are you buying your turkey?

Canyon market has always done the BN Ranch, Heritage or Broad Breasted, though I haven't checked this year.

Nov 12, 2014
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for some new spots in Mission/Noe Valley area [San Francisco]

Contigo

Jul 08, 2014
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Gluten Free Eating Out

Around Union Square my "safety" place is California Pizza Kitchen". You might also check out http://www.fearlessdining.com/author/...
For an up to date list of restaurants that cater to GF dinera

May 11, 2014
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Noe Valley restaurants for visitors who likely will want to stay in the nabe [San Francisco]

Agreed that Contigo is great and fun ( though pricey to some). There's a new Indian "Holy Kitchen" in the site of the recently departed Swatdee Thai on 24th at Diamond. IMO Firefly is better than ever and serving food rather different than many restaurants of it's ilk. I think the owner (and original chef) is back in the kitchen.

Mar 19, 2014
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Less of this in 2014 thread

Less plaid in kitchens. Less hay on plates. Less pretend rustic.

Jan 01, 2014
bdl in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gluten Free bulk-goods?

Rainbow's great but if cross contamination is an issue for you (celiacs will often react to bulk items because scoops have been shared etc) it's better to stick to the packaged stuff.

Dec 23, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 SF Michelin Stars - Where have you been, what is on your wish list?

Points taken. I used those 3 restaurants as an EXAMPLE, though, and not a reason. My impression was from a perusal if a friend's guide and admittedly incomplete. I'm sure there were restaurant listings that u would have agreed with as well. I so remember that "Home" was listed after having been closed for a year. I'll watch out for a newer guide (though probably won't buy it) and update my opinion.

Oct 24, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

2014 SF Michelin Stars - Where have you been, what is on your wish list?

The Guide's "content" beyond the lists consists of arbitrary, unresearched, non updated tourist generated crap that has no relevance to the actual Bay Area dining scene. It's as if someone looked at a bunch of out of town tourist guides to SF and then arbitrarily picked enough to fill some basic categories. Pure dribble. Is that the kind if discussion you were looking for?

Oct 24, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Bay Area Michelin Guide 2014 Bib Gourmand

I got a guide a couple of years ago and for my neighborhood, Noe Valley, they included Erics and Le Zinc but left out La Ciccia, Contigo and Firely. They lost all credibility in my eyes.

Oct 19, 2013
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SF Bay Area Michelin Guide 2014 Bib Gourmand

Eric's but not Eliza's....Shameful!! (tongue firmly in cheek)

Oct 19, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

Yes, I tried to use the word "soulless" and avoid negative connotation but was obviously unsuccessful. I like the sentence "the formalistic aspects if the art". This is most likely fodder for another discussion but for ME (and I realize that tastes are different and that, as alluded to above, the success of these places proves that they're "connecting" with many people) cooking is not, nor should it be, an art. It is a craft, it is an act of nurturing, it is a way to connect with people on a profound level. There is a place for "artistic" cooking, just as there is a place for haute couture. It is great to "experience" but I wouldn't want to wear it. This doesn't just go for tasting menus and molecular gastronomy cooking. My least favorite dining experience in recent memory was at Camino. I thought there was a forced rustic aesthetic and such an intellectual approach to simple cuisine that nothing moved me. I promise you that if the food I ate that night was served in France or Italy to people who actually live and eat that way, they would scoff.

Oct 17, 2013
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I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

I think ML8000 really sums it up. Many of the current crop of chefs in SF, and I think there is some major talent here, are cooking more to impress than to connect with their customers. I find much of this food interesting and even exciting but it does nothing to satisfy my basic connection to food and eating. I have often described this food as soulless, not meaning to be negative, just descriptive. And yes, the food media in this country feeds on the spectacular, the new and the daring. So it's hard to be told "we just don't get it" when we complain about the latest in a long series of new restaurants that is doing much the same thing that the last ten new openings have done. Yes, we don't get it. But it's not how great the restaurant is that we're not "getting", but the feeling that we are being cared for and nurtured by the act of someone cooking us food that they have a deep and soulful connection to.

Oct 17, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Bernal Heights [San Francisco]

General likes and dislikes...
Lotus Garden, tasty but a little pricey and precious portions.
La Santaneca/Balumpie. Diffent restaurants, both cheap, both good to great.
Liberty cafe, good 10 years ago. Now same owner as Vakentino across the street. Both look like they should be great...mediocre to bad food consistently. In my experience nothing chow worthy.
Little Nepal used to be great but recent experiences have been more bland. Royal Cuckoo is a great low key bar with a Hammond Organ bar!

Oct 02, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Firefly or Bistro Aix? [San Francisco]

While Aix might still be the better choice for you, I feel the need to elaborate on my prior comment. The ingredients Firefly uses are healthier, as is the ratio if protein to Veg. But their technique still elevates their food above that of most (no disrespect) home cooks and to me the culinary experience is unique in SF.

Sep 30, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Firefly or Bistro Aix? [San Francisco]

Is style of food a consideration? Have not been to Bistro Aix but the menu seems like timeless California Classic French. Recently, Firefly has taken a decided turn towards modern healthy Homestyle. Lots if quinoa, brown rice, leafy greens, smaller proteins, more vegetables. I've really enjoyed recent meals there but be aware it's not your typical bistro fare.

Sep 30, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Chron restaurant critic anonymity (redux)

But the idea of downgrading a well established restaurant because of one bad meal (often just one bad dish, or even one component of a dish),thus dropping them from the top 100 or reducing their star rating, while he claims to make at least three visits to a new restaurant before rating shows no understanding of the realities of the restaurant business and is inexcusable. I had a friend whose restaurant was updated years ago, giving immense credit to the fact that the owner was working the door, when he was just filling in and it was the one time that year he actually worked a service.

Jul 29, 2013
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Best quality sushi in San francico

And where do you draw the line re ecology and sustainability? Hamachi ok?, Ankimo?, Unagi?, Yellowfin?

Jun 06, 2013
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Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

What bothers me most is how restaurants fall off the list by attrition. So restaurants (Rivoli, Range etc) who have delivered year after year get no credit and get bumped because of some flash in the pan newcomer. He should really make more of a distinction between the "best new restaurant" and the BEST Bay Area restaurant lists.

Michael Bauer's top 100 2013

Oh Chame. Oh yeah! Oh, I mean Oy Vey!

May 04, 2013
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Is Greens on the Uphill? [San Francisco]

I remember people describing Cafe Gratitude as "too cheesy" but I think that was a different type of problem.

Apr 30, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

The very best risotto..

It was not the chef, Vincenzo who died but his FOH partner, Paolo. Vincenzo did, however, move to their sister restaurant I don't remember where...Walnut creek? Either way, haven't had the risotto since Vincenzo was there.

Apr 29, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

"Black Angus" as a beef description means about as much "tiger" means re prawns to imply quality...i.e. absolutely nothing.

Apr 18, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Fried chicken? [SF]

http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com/Pass...
I think it's stylistically similar to their usual menus...you decide

Apr 16, 2013
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Fried chicken? [SF]

One menu, all Passover, 8 nights. Went the first and the last night this year. Same menu. The Gefilte Fish rocked! (Sorry for the thread tangent).

Apr 16, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Fried chicken? [SF]

Their Passover Menu, although not strictly "Kosher for Passover (see above), did not have any bread or flour (nor clams or bacon for that matter). They did have their Shrimp/Scallops potstickers "because we have to". And all tables were served only matzo. Not sure if bread was available on request.

Apr 16, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Bauer on Chinese Food

If there were a restaurant near me serving "traditional" Chinese food (or better, dim sum) using organic and sustainable ingredients I'd be there several times a week. What set (especially the original) Slanted door apart was how it managed to pay homage to tradition while simultaneously being absolutely current and a perfect fit for its neighborhood.

Apr 16, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

Apr 16, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

If one is comparing value I think it's important to compare the product as well as the price/weight. Restaurants that choose to purchase and serve meat that is more expensive because they believe it is better for health and for the environment should have that included in a discussion of value.

Apr 14, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

Is their meat clean, though? You can get commercial angus beef for half the price the "painted hills" beef Lolinda serves goes for.

Apr 14, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it just me or is it rather difficult to find good steak in the Bay Area?

True, but it can deliver well on a "non steak housey" dinner. Also true that the ribeye is twice as big as all their other steaks (except maybe the New York).

Apr 13, 2013
bdl in San Francisco Bay Area