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Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

I think the success criteria is whether the wait in SF is longer than a round trip flight to Austin.

Feb 20, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

I analyzed the BELCAMPO PASTRAMI ($15) and SMOKED HAM ($15?) today.

The PASTRAMI is unambiguously inferior to LOCAL BUTCHER (corned beef), ROUGE and AVEDANO. Loses on Price-Perf too ... the taste gap is large and the price gap is more or less \epsilon.

It's not bad, especially heated up, and certainly better than BOAR HEAD level stuff, but still no contest compared to the other places.

The SMOKED HAMs across these places are pretty comparable ... they are good but never rise to the high point of the best Pastrami and Corned Beefs. An example of the LEXICOGRAPHIC PREFERENCES kicking in.

Will analyze BELCAMPO ITALIAN SAUSAGE and B'FAST SAUSAGE later.

Feb 14, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>five chili dogs for $5.
>
How does that compare to the $1.50 10 Chicken McNuggets [sic] at BK Lounge? You could have 30 of those for under $5. Not sure if this is still running. Also if we are scraping the bottom of the barrel, didnt Subway also have a $2 -- Or sub $2? -- sando recently?

Feb 13, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>Anda piroshki
>
The one time I had Anda Borscht, it was remarkable and pretty cheap I believe. Although I am not really an expert on E. Eur/Mitteleuropa food (finally went to Rebooted Bar Tartine, which was quite interesting but not $5, needless to say. Best borscht i have had was at a no-name place in ... Greenpoint. It was also like $2.75. ObNYC>SF).

The El Porteno empanadas arent bad but I dont think they are an amazing deal ... did someone say they were $4.50? The are $4 at WOODS POLK and their Argentinian-themed spot on the Mission/Castro DMZ. BTW, the NITRO RODENBACH GRAND CRU at WOODS POLK today was really good, however at $10 is not a cheap buzz.

Feb 13, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

I havent thought to ask, but I think they have a little machine for heating sandos ... although it may be pretty greasy at that point. I will often eat $5 worth walking back to my car ... If I bought more $$$ worth, I do end up heating it up at home before eating. Yum!

There are some other items in the deli meats case at the front which are also good ... i think last time it was the MORTADELLA? Although ,on a technical note, now that I've tried some of the other things, I suppose I LEXICOGRAPHICALLY PREFER the PASTRAMI, i.e. not CONVEX PREFERENCES over that commodity bundle.

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>Serious Eats article ... you should be up front about it.
>
I agree, grrrr.

I no longer understand how to hide already-read posts in a re-visited CH thread, so i might have missed an earlier mention of:

The newish VN sando place across from DOCTOR LOUNGE is pretty solid ... their banh mi is better than those at the older VN place two storefronts over. I like the $4.50 GRILLED PORK best.
Nice people. I liked their asiatic iced coffee too.

I doubt anybody mentioned this:
$5 worth of AVEDANO PASTRAMI is a pretty good no-carb, high-protein tasty "lunch". I was extremely happy to find they have this consistently ... I think LOCAL BUTCHER HOUSE CORNED BEEF is very good, as well as CAFE ROUGE HOUSE PASTRAMI but they makes them very erratically, so it is lucky to find them on offer. Also the CB at LOCAL all of a sudden went up in price by 25% ... I think they figured out they were underpricing (this was probably best of the three items I mention).

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

My reaction to the MBB yesterday was:

First bite: What a great burger!
Second bite: But not as good as Duc Loi!
Third Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
<-- pause to wipe grease off fingers -->
Fourth Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
Fifth Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
...

I frankly remember the DUC LOI burger better than my last CBB, so CBB vs MBB is tough for me. However, clearly,

CBB + West Village >> MBB + 17th and Van Ness.

Based on the places on ECR in south bay, I think Habit is a bit better than the INO Double Double. I keep meaning to analyze 5G, but havent gotten around to it.

The VAL BURGER was really, really good. I dont have a "photographic" memory for food tastes, so again I cant replay the experience and compare ... all I remember is when I tried it based on the reputation, I felt it was the real deal.

I actually had a pretty good Nation Burger the other day ... I like burgers with mayo and for once they gave me a reasonable lettuce leaf and not a low quality lettuce with a "tough rib" or that hard central part ... I've often wanted to offer them a quarter for a leafy lettuce leaf and not a lame one.

I have not analyzed JG MELON Burger either. Hopefully soon.

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

At INO Burger, you can ask for it "Shack Style".

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

I think it is a fair question if you do price-performance ... at least if you this it is ever reasonable to argue about "preference curves".

Shake Shack burger was $8ish, no?

What about CORNER BISTRO BURGER vs MISSION BOWL BURGER?
(I had an MBB yesterday ... first time since I ate one sitting on a crate at DUC LOI ... it was good, but not transcendent like the first time. Although a lot less grease dripped down my hands. BTW, is the Happy Hour $10 version different from the full freight one? I got a very minimalist burger on a plate when I got there before people I was meeting and was still HH. Someone who ordered it later seemed to get a plate with a salad leaf and tomato ... not sure if that was miscommunication, special request etc. There is some chance it was a different item ... I just assumed it was an MBB)

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Yes, and the Golden Gate (Bridge) > the Tappan Zee (Bridge) ... but what does that have to do with food?

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

^In-n-Out^Shake Shack

NYC > SF

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

More facts about Elmwood Cafe racist incident

Special Announcement:

After his HOWISON LECTURE ON "AS IF" ...
http://gradlectures.berkeley.edu/lect...

Kwame Anthony Appiah has agreed to address the ELMWOOD RACE INCIDENT in a talk "Canaux, Canards, Canaille ... Kwame, Camus and Kamau: Race, the Human Condition and Foie Gras, from the French Enlightenment to the Fifth Republic."

Professor Appiah does not have a DEGREE IN RACE (he is a Philosopher), however he is heavily involved with RACE.

Feb 06, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

>La Strangeuse?
>
Is that a veiled reference to STRANGE FRUIT?
We covered that in my MOOC RACE CLASS.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

>Having a bag & a receipt is especially
>important if you are WHITE
>
My colleague is a VISITING UZBEK living in ELMWOOD ... would he be considered WHITE? He has been getting strange looks while shopping at MARKET HALL, and I'm wondering if I need to tell him to carry a BAG.

Also he recommends CAFE ROKHAT for UZBEK food.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Ok, count me in, with a +1, a recently unemployed waitress.

Feb 03, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I think "we" should invite KAMU BELLE to a CHOWDOWN to hash this all out.

Feb 03, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Some years ago, an undergraduate student reported a HOMELESS PERSON in the EVANS HALL ELEVATOR to the MATH DEPARTMENT OFFICE ... the MATH EMPLOYEE asked or or two clarifying questions to determine whether it was Professor R (White Person) or Professor S (White Person) ... it was Professor S.

My thought on this episode:
Blame is not zero sum. The employee could have acted better and showed poor judgement ... but given the demographics, I doubt was a died in the wool racist (base rates). But KAMU BELL probably showed poor judgement too thinking he could "control the conversation" and it wouldnt lead to this person getting canned ... which seems excessive ... if he doesnt regret not handling this more privately, that makes him an asshole in my book. And I'm often surprised at people's reticence to "name the restaurant" after they have been unambiguously shabbily treated *and* after they have tried to discuss it with the venue.

The French Laundry victimized by Christmas Day wine heist [Update]

Grand Theft Bordeaux

Jan 25, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

US geography game : Bay Area restaurant edition

"Vallejo-style cooking" is a Thing?

Well I guess there is Oakland-Pizza:
http://oaklandstylepizza.com/nicks-pi...

Jan 17, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Bombay to Goa (Maharashtrian/Goan coastal cuisine) | Sunnyvale

Do they show the BOMBAY TO GOA movie there?

Jan 07, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

>PartyHound - please get back to us on this event.
>
Maybe the food ran out at an inopportune moment and the Lasagne Monster cannibalized the party guests/hosts ... aka "long pig entree".

ISO Good Banh Mi in the East Bay

I understand you wanted to present your friend with a gift/surprise, but there is perfectly good Bahn Mi in Freeeeemont now due to expansion of the HUONG LAN mini-chain ... the SJ (original location) was probably even better than the vaunted SAIGON SANDWICH.

I think the have something like a Korean Beef one or something like that which may be non-standard (although seeing it in more places) but quite good.

Jan 04, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Good Banh Mi in the East Bay

There is a branch of HUONG LAN off the MOWRY exit.

Dec 31, 2014
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

Yes, but I suspect she wasnt pretty much normal all other fronts aside from grabbing all the food. I suspect she was not fine on say long airplane rides. What you describe is a tragic situation well beyond a party dilemma.

My problem/lack of imagination/experience is the different parts of the description of this fellow dont "converge" in my mind on some thing realistic in my experience but something theatrical ... seriously, I am thinking of someone like the protagonist of CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.

I'm sure I'm making a mistake somewhere, so just was curious what I am missing.

Dec 31, 2014
psb in Not About Food

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

Can someone explain to me what this fellow needs medical/psychiatric assistance with? The fact that he A. eats mass quantities as long as they are in line of sight? or B. is socially broken? (not recognizing the fairness or financial side of the situation)

It seems if it is A but not B he should be aware of his problem and should be willing to cooperate in some solution.

If it is B but not A, it seems remarkable to me that his extreme inconsideration is only in the realm of food, but he is otherwise enchanting.

If there is one of these brain-controlling parasites which triggers aspergers-like behavior only when "confronted" with angels on horseback, and smoked salmon and guacamole, that is news to me.

Maybe you can ask him to hold/cut a large block of cheap/govt surplus cheese, discounted candy etc and he will eat it all ... or perhaps you can give him an incompressible liquid he will drink in large quantity. Is there someone in your life who will be at the party who will step up and "manage him" ... the party start time offset to give the others a headstart was a neat idea but it sounds like that may be tricky.

I would personally contribute at least $25 to your food fund just to watch the spectacle ... and I'd bring my own food or eat before/after.

How to "split" a check equitably?

There are a lot of "replies" consisting of basically wishing the problem would go away ["be less bashful" "you need a white knight"] and then some perverse ones [ordering food you dont want].

It seems once your "excess contribution" would be above some threshold -- let's say $10? -- I think all of the correct approaches involve some form of "here is my share" [and maybe be obviously generous here ... like if the even split would be $35, and your proportional split would be $25, throw in $30 ... you dont want to get into stuff like "should the tip be equal split or proportional split].

Now if this is "stressful" for the OP ... and by virtue of the phrasing ... "a gentle, inoffensive way to request" perhaps it is, here is what I would do:
On one occasion "soon" [pace, this is a 3yrs old thread], I would very, very, very unambiguously order less ... like "I'll just join you tonight and have a glass of wine" or "I'll just join you for dessert" [you may or may not need to make up a reason why]... which may/should create/force a precedent for proportional split even among people who dont give the equity issue much thought. I mean with a variance between ES and PS that obvious and large, the only way you could be pro-ES, is to be consciously exploiting the situation.

Dec 30, 2014
psb in Not About Food
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The French Laundry victimized by Christmas Day wine heist [Update]

>These bottles are not something one can unload easily.
>
Bottle Shock II ... Paging Anton Chigurh.

Dec 30, 2014
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Bengali food in Kolkata, a revelation for an SF hound

>psb who posts on the Bay Area list
>
Hola, this is "psb, who posts on the Bay Area list", from the OP/TNash's posting ...

re:
>"and there are many more for the next time you come"
>
I would be interested in hearing about some of these. I will be operating out of CCU for the next couple of weeks probably.
[South and Central CCU are much more convenient for me ... let's say from College St to Tollygange corridor ... downtown/esplanade/park st/bhabanipore/kalighat/Rashbehari/Southern Ave/South City mall/Lake gardens, Ballygange, New Alipore probably still in range].

I'd also be interested in cafe-type places I can read or work on my laptop ... how do I put thise politely ... are these all filled with rich "ladies who lunch" and their younger spoiled kids or college-age kids hanging out and hooking up ... or are there more sedate places? [maybe like the Oxford Bookstore?].
I went to COFFEE DAY or whatever it was called on Southern Ave and it was ok.

I've been eating at home or no-name places in the neighborhood since I got here a few days ago [alur dum + daal kachori for breakfast, tangra maach with jalpai and bugun tok last dish for lunch, lots of nice dals and bhaja ... with much more "shaad" than standard grocery store vegetables in the US].

Dec 20, 2014
psb in India & South Asia

Pinhole Coffee (Bernal Heights, San Francisco)

Well two considerations:
--i like their "shaken" iced coffee, which is hardly the order for purists
--i like blue bottle and used to find it remarkable anybody would prefer say four barrel [i've updated my "priors" since]

the woman who runs it, her "pedigree" is NYC Blue Bottle I believe. I think much of their business is grab and go ... not a lot of seating/lingering. At least some of her pastries are from one of the bakeries on Cortland ... LITTLE BEE?

Friendly. The owner clearly recognizes many regulars and their kids etc.

I think some aspect are still a work-in-progress (i mean that at face value, not as an oblique criticism ... as in things are changing, not things need to be fixed).

Dec 08, 2014
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe St Jorge [San Francisco]

>had some quite awful dessert-type items here.
>
I meant to write "pastry-type items"

>That all being said, I'll probably be there
>
That being said indeed. The $7 toast with hazelnut butter and baked pear is awful. The pear is just a warm sliced pear ... nothing "interesting" from the baking. But more relevantly, there is something rancid about the whole thing ... I dunno if from the hazelnut or nutmeg? (And I dont have the nose of a bloodhound ... so if I think it is rancid and others dont, it's more the explanation will probably use the words "cognitive dissonance" or "emperor has no clothes" rather than "supertaster".

ugh.

the pesto sando they used to have was ok. the bimby?

Dec 08, 2014
psb in San Francisco Bay Area