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Sat August 23rd Dinner for 13-14 - ideas?

Bambuddah? It is modern Asian and there are lots of good bars in the hood.

2 minutes ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Good eats in Vancouver (Gastown)

Glad La Casita worked for you. I wasn't too impressed when we went but maybe they've upped their game. I need to check out Timbertrain -- it's a welcome addition as of Feb to an area relatively lacking in great coffee. I'm especially keen to try their cold brew on tap -- mmm, nitro!

12 minutes ago
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

Glad you're feeling better, suzigirl. I will eat some pork and duck rillette for you tonight :-). A friend's SO recently became president of one of our unis here and we are going to check out the corporate digs, charcuterie in hand. There will be cheese and prolly wine.

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

Do you have a Pinoy store near you, maria? We have a large Filipino community and they use a lot of calamansi, so I head to that hood when I need the fresh ones.

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in Home Cooking
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Soy Sauce: Does the Brand Matter?

We most often get bad soy sauce packets with "cheap and cheerful" sushi takeaways. Kimlan is pretty vile.

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in General Topics

Soy Sauce: Does the Brand Matter?

I find the regular Kikkoman too dark and caramelly. How does the organic one compare?

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in General Topics

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

That would be handy for a night when he was too tired to hoof it even as far as the TL -- thanks!

about 15 hours ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

Interesting about the sweet broth. Haven't noticed that at home, though the southern broths here often have more "cake spice" notes than I prefer. Lime and sriracha (the default bottled chile option in Vancouver) are good friends with the SO.

Golden Lotus is also open til 9 pm and it looks like 7 days a week which is great. It's at 631 Larkin (btwn Ellis and Eddy) 415-345-1355 Credit cards are accepted for purchases over $10, otherwise cash only. Not too MSG-heavy per y*lp.

It seems difficult to find places that do both pho and other dishes equally well! Maybe pho at Golden Lotus, followed by bahn cuon at Vietnam House at 652 Eddy btwn Polk and Larkin. Open till 9:30 7 days a week it appears and accepts credit cards. Phone 415-885-3361 Nice intel on the uber-fresh herbage too.

about 23 hours ago
grayelf in San Francisco Bay Area

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

Pho 2000 is now on the radar, thanks, and especially for the tip about the flat noodles. Closed Tuesday per their very nice website http://www.pho2000sf.com/ They are at 637 Larkin Street (between Eddy and Ellis street); phone is (415) 474-1188 and they take reservations. Cash only and no alcohol.

I think he ended up going to Mangosteen again last night, which stays open a bit later but is perhaps not quite up to his high standards :-). He saw another place that looked promising but demurred when he noticed they were doing Chinese dishes as well. Since Pho 2000 has 'em, maybe that's not such a consideration in SF??

If anyone has reccos for places that serve bahn cuon or steamed egg pie in addition to good pho, those are two more of his favourites!

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

Replying to my own last post as WFD tonight is the exact same as it was yesterday! I've got two cobs left to use up and that sauce was so tasty I'm going to go wild and have pasta two nights in a row, so there :-).

Just had a funny phone conversation with the SO as he was walking around the Tenderloin in SF looking for a bowl of phở tái. All the places I knew of closed too early so I hope he found something good.

Coat number two went on the living room walls today and I am SO glad tomorrow will be the last one. Forgot how much I dislike painting... but dang, it's looking fine. Very nice when the colour turns out exactly as you'd hoped.

Top pho in the Tenderloin (SF)?

Greetings, all. Once again I come in search of tasty snacks for my SO, who has been doing a lot of business in the SFBA lately. He loves Vietnamese food, and finds a bowl of phở tái the perfect antidote to a day of commerce. The 'Loin is within easy walking distance of his usual hotel at Bush and Powell and he exercises due care and attention in pursuing his pho fix :-). He has been foiled in trying some of the places on my list as they close by 5 or 6 pm. Where would you send him at 7/7:30 pm for outstanding phở tái in the Tenderloin? Many thanks!

Ngoc Mai Report (SF)

It appears that Ngoc Mai closed sometime in the spring of this year. And I never did get there for mi quang, dangit.

Vancouver bloggers

Looking forward to checking out the blogs I'm not familiar with in your list, LR! Picky Diners is fun -- I like the straightforward, easy to read format, and that there is quite a focus on downtown eats, something that I tend to fall behind on. Too cheap to pay the premium parking, LOL!

DC 'hound looking for dim sum with veg options/best casual Chinese

So glad it worked out!

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Help! Struggling to find promising options on Salt Spring Island

If by American style hashbrowns you mean the shreddy ones, they have them at Nice Café and at Deacon's Corner. Agree they are hard to find!

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver bloggers

Still here: http://www.followmefoodie.com/ Last post four days ago.

I've been following Sean's Adventures in Flavourtown http://seansadventuresinflavortown.com/

and Dennis the Foodie http://dennisthefoodie.com/ lately.

Noshwell and gracecheung604 don't post that often but I enjoy their reports.

The Friday Lunch just started up again after a hiatus: http://thefridaylunch.wordpress.com/

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

Oh to be back at Jai Yun again with SFBA Hounds. Our two lunches there still rank as perhaps the best Chinese food we've yet enjoyed. Have a wonderful time. I'll be looking for the report on your home board!

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

I think the number refers to the width. I used to get their regular spaghettini which IIRC was a #10. This one is a spaghetti.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

Dim Sum Club (Russian Hill, San Francisco)

Stop, you're killing me! I'm just back from dim sum with a couple o' local Hounds and we were discussing this very dish and the difficulty of finding it in any form. When you do find it, it tends to be made strictly with fish "mousse" instead of the delectable shrimp filling, which I find inferior. Perhaps it is more authentic (sorry to use the A word) but I prefer the shrimp.

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

Nice tip on the skewers from Golden Joy, els -- I've been craving them Pinoy style lately and couldn't think where to go.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Feast - new in west van

Great report, NMS, and I see we are of a mind when it comes to deep fried things. Great news on the burger. Can you give a sense of what seasonings they are using on the fried chicken?

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

DC 'hound looking for dim sum with veg options/best casual Chinese

I've only had dim sum there but I have it on reliable authority that dinner is also worthy :-).

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

So sorry to hear about your BIL's passing, foodie, and that it coincided with your boy's big day.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

It's DeCecco #12. Seems to hold together a bit better than others I've tried, and the taste is decent. Not the real thing but I save that for dining out now.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Home Cooking

DC 'hound looking for dim sum with veg options/best casual Chinese

I can't think of any dim sum place near the Museum of Anthropology that I would risk. If you can go a bit further, Dynasty on Broadway will give you very good dim sum with excellent veg options. They take reservations, have somewhat scary underground parking that you can get refunded, and have A/C.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

New to Frasier/King Ed neighbourhood - Whats good?

I may have to give Sal y Limon another chance for the huarache. Had two meh meals there a while back and gave up.

For the OP, check out Happy Family Dim Sum on Fraser near 26th (west side) if you like zongzi. You can get myriad fillings and have a few in your freezer for those days you don't feel like cooking but still want something tasty.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Ramen

It is my favourite but I am biased because of the toroniku. They have a spicy ramen that is a fail, if you ask me. And you have to be sure to ask for your noodles firm.

Jinya's black garlic is also good. A new place that has tsukemen, Taishoken, is showing some promise.

Will be checking back on this thread next time we're in Sea in the cooler months!

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Greater Seattle

ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

I am on vacation and getting caught up on older posts. What a delightful read this one was! I don't think I've ever had zongzi at a restaurant -- always get them at a place in Vancouver that supplies many restos and steam them at home. One day early on the proprietor happened to be at loose ends and gave me a crash course on how to ID what is inside each one (they make a couple dozen variations).

They use a combination of the string colour and the string wrapping pattern. Way too complex for my tiny brain but kinda genius when you have so many in your store.

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition!

I'm hopeful that the SO's seemingly endless traveling for work will at least slow down now that summer is winding up. A beginning for me is that I will start painting the living room this afternoon post dim sum with a couple of local Chowhounds. Dinner solo again (sigh), prolly the v. tasty jarred puttanesca the SIL uses with a bit of ground turkey to meat it up over a modest portion of whole wheat spaghetti. I finally found a whole wheat pasta that I actually like so I get to indulge now and then :-). COTC and another big green salad for sides.

Had to go to a different supermarket last night as my local has stopped stocking block frozen spinach (!) since a recent corporate takeover. Saw hand peeled shrimp on sale there and treated myself to 100 g last night which I ate over greens with a yuzu dressing. Dang, yuzu is perfect on sea creatures!

Ha, remembered to reply to the OP this time!

Ramen

Ah, another Santouka toroniku fan! We have the same lineup issue at the Vancouver outpost, plus it is unendurably hot in there in the summertime. Solution: go at 11 am. Ramen for brunch, yum. I've also been known to call for two orders of toroniku on its own as takeaway just to reach the minimum order, but don't tell anyone.

Aug 19, 2014
grayelf in Greater Seattle