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Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Have you considered Morimoto Napa for one of your unscheduled Napa meals? I just made my fifth visit there yesterday....consistently excellent, beautiful space, relaxed atmosphere. Last night I had lamb carpaccio to start and then "duck duck goose", a dish involving foie gras, which you won't be able to have in August because it's banned after July 1, but the rest of it -- duck confit fried rice, duck broth, and duck breast -- would still be good.

May 28, 2012
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Burgers and coffee, that's elf food, apparently -- your thoughts solicited

The Slow Club also pours a very good cup of coffee, if you want to kill two birds. They use Graffeo beans.

It's probably too far out of SF for you, but I'm fond of Jack's Prime in San Mateo. An excellent "plain" burger and several variations, including one with bacon in the burger and bacon mayo. The sweet potato fries are very good.

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Slow Club
2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Jack's Prime
3723 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

Mar 17, 2012
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto Napa: Any new thoughts?

I finally made my first trip to Morimoto last weekend, and was not disappointed. I went at lunch and although we had reservations, it was not particularly crowded; not empty. but walk-ins were being accommodated with brief waits.

Stand-out dishes worth the drive to Napa: kakuni (10-hour pork belly over congee) -- incredibly delicious, available as an appetizer or as part of a lunch set; whitefish and octopus carpaccio -- also a hot appetizer.

Very good: sashimi caesar salad, miso black cod, loco moto (loco moco made with wagyu!), miso-butterscotch pudding, ice cream sandwiches made with sesame and green tea in the sandwich part and various chocolate ice creams.

As others have reported, the sushi was fine but nothing to make a special trip for.

I thought the service was exceptionally good. My party included some larger diners and the hostess very thoughtfully chose a table that accommodated us easily. Our server was knowledgeable, relaxed, and friendly, not a hint of attitude.

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Morimoto
610 Main Street, Napa, CA

Aug 05, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Cherries in Morgan Hill: Andy's Orchard and Mariani Orchards Roadside Cherry Stand

Morgan Hill must be just far south enough to have escaped the rain of the last two weekends. I was at C.J. Olson yesterday and the cherries they have were lovely, but Deborah Olson, who was giving a tour of the orchard, said a lot of the crop had cracked in the rain and wouldn't be saleable.

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C J Olson Cherries
348 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Jun 12, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

One month + in San Fran! Stadium and Potrero recommendations, and general help

Pizza Nostra is quite good, not a destination but a good neighborhood place -- though if you want to avoid pasta and pizza dough, it may not be your daily choice. They do a nice job with vegetable pastas and sides. A few blocks on the other side of Potrero Avenue on Mariposa you will find the Slow Club, as chuckl suggests, which is excellent. It's a block from my office and I've eaten there at least once a week for years; burger and fries, flatbread pizzas, daily fish and meat specials, Caesar salads, desserts, all are excellent, and the bar has a good selection. The Universal Cafe, a few blocks farther into the Northeast Mission, has a similar menu and is very good too. Coffee Bar, also on Mariposa, has good pastries and sandwiches although the food service can be very slow; they host pop-up dinners there which are worth watching for. These are all good solo diner places -- Slow Club and Universal have the rather loud industrial aesthetic, so you'd have a hard time chatting with dining companions anyway. The laptop brigade hangs out all day at Coffee Bar.

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Universal Cafe
2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Slow Club
2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Coffee Bar
1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Pizza Nostra
300 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA

May 22, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Halu -- "Lobster and Dungeness crab Ramen"

Debbie M and I ventured down there on Saturday. It was very, very tasty. The yellow onions were fried crisp, and there were green onions too. Not a huge amount of lobster meat, but sufficient; it's the broth that is the star. $16 with regular Halu noodles and $17 with whoie wheat.

Halu has redecorated recently; the closed-off booth areas are gone, the look is minimalist, much lighter, less cozy. The surfboards and the fish mural on the ceiling are still there, though.

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Halu
312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

May 09, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Cross Buns - where do you buy your favorites?

I don't especially like HCBs, but I was at John Campbell's in Potrero Hill yesterday and had a taste of one that they had cut up on a sample tray, and it was quite good. The buns on display were large and had a refreshingly handmade look. Presumably the other Campbell bakeries have them too.

Apr 08, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Hot Cross Buns - where do you buy your favorites?

This is in rw's list, but in case people are looking mid-Peninsula and don't want to click: The Cakery.

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The Cakery
1308 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA

Mar 21, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Dekopon/Sumo Citrus

I just got a few at Nijiya (the San Mateo branch). $1.69 each or six packed in a box for $12.50 (I stood in front of the display for a while thinking that through...the markup is for the box.) I like the peelability; as for the taste, I'm just getting over a cold and my palate hasn't quite recovered, but at this point I'm not sure I could do a blind taste-test and tell a dekopon apart from a good-quality orange. As wally says, not much acid, so they would be good for people with reflux.

Mar 05, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Tom Wilson Oranges at Andronico

While we're waiting for the Tom Wilsons....my local Trader Joe's in San Mateo had bags of Sky Valley Heirloom Navel Oranges this week that were quite good.

Feb 07, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

SF visit this weekend

Debbie, I'm from the Twin Cities, and what you're probably thinking about when you think of suburbs isn't what the central parts of Peninsula cities like San Mateo, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Palo Alto are like. They're more like Uptown in Minneapolis or Grand Avenue in Saint Paul; not Eagan or Burnsville or Shoreview. Not that there aren't those parts of the Peninsula too, when you need big-box stores....

Feb 01, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

ny foodie moving to peninsula. looking for best food events big or small... need shopping sugestions.

Oh, Ruth, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. I've given up on Draeger's -- they do have a good selection of products but the prices are ridiculously high and I've always found the staff to be terribly snooty.
I do like Lunardi's on the Burlingame/Millbrae border, but I've also just discovered the Burlingame Farmers Market, which is not a farmers' market and nothing to do with the Burlingame farmers' market held on Burlingame Avenue on Sundays; it's a small grocery store on Broadway. A family who own the Parkside Market in San Francisco's Sunset took it over recently, and it's reminiscent of San Francisco neighborhood groceries with the big bins of fruit on the sidewalk. Mostly produce -- some organic, mostly conventional, all very reasonably priced -- and a large selection of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/Russian foods.

Jan 16, 2011
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO of home made onion rings

Jack's Prime in the southern part of San Mateo makes their own rings, and for the month of December has a special "black and tan" onion ring made with Guinness in the batter. I didn't especially care for them but if you like Guinness, you probably would.
Rave Burger in downtown San Mateo also makes their own rings and onion strings; I have not had the rings, but the strings are wonderful. Very fine sweet potato fries at both of these establishments too.

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Rave Burger
144 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Jack's Prime
3723 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

Dec 13, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

All Spice Restaurant - newest resident of 1602 El Camino Real, San Mateo...

Yes, thanks for letting us know -- I've seen the signs as I was driving by. It is a challenging location - you'd think being on the busiest street in town would be good, but on ECR, I think only if you have a parking lot and are visible from a half-block away.

Nov 17, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Now this is an Iron Chef episode I wish Food Network would air ...

I was there, and while it was fun to watch it was not as satisfying as a real episode of Iron Chef -- the chefs cooked one after another instead of simultaneously, they obviously knew what the ingredients were beforehand, and Hattori-sensei had a hard time getting some of the chefs to talk as they worked. Still, it was very cool, and it was great to see Sakai if only in the audience. The really exciting news from that session was that one of the original producers of Iron Chef was there -- on his way to LA to discuss a new program in development. Allez cuisine!

Nov 14, 2010
Nina in Food Media & News

Organic Chinese Food/Restaurant

A thread about Chinese food got to 25 replies without mentioning China Village? Inconceivable!

I've only seen dishes that specifically mention the chicken as organic, but I haven't been in a while -- there may be more. I imagine they'd know the provenance of many of their ingredients even if they weren't organic. And it's just down the street from Renee's so you could check them both out on the same trip.

Sep 30, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

O-bon at 1 pm today at Ginza Bazaar

Thanks for the report, Cynsa! I had to miss this one, but I made it to Obon in Alameda last night and in San Jose and Mountain View on previous weekends. Next weekend, the Buddhist Church of Oakland will have theirs on Saturday -- the curry rice and udon there are first-rate, I'm always too full to get the teriyaki meats they're cooking outdoors but the smells are fantastic. The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple has a two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday, with Bon dancing only on Sunday. Lots of food there too -- short ribs, udon, chicken salad, corn, and strawberry shortcake are all good, and go to the bake sale room early if you want to get the manju with lima bean filling.

Jul 25, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Unfortunate food trend: the "cornbread" scone.

Tasty and I think more authentic scones at The Cakery in Burlingame: they come in two sizes, the small ones would be nice for a fancy tea where the scone was one of several items. They are described as "raisin" or "oatmeal", which is slightly confusing since the oatmeal ones have raisins or currants in them too.

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The Cakery
1308 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA

Jul 25, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Vietnamese sandwich places on Peninsula?

I just walked by Cherimoya for the first time today...pretty little shop, nice meatball banh mi. The cucumber was in two huge slices instead of the usual julienne, which was great for me because I don't like cucumber so it was easy to pick it off, but I'm not sure that cucumber fans would prefer it that way. I agree that the baguette is nice and neater to eat than the crunchier kind.
They offer a few spring rolls and noodle dishes as well.

Jul 24, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

World Cup Match - Saturday July 3 @ 7am in San Jose area

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713100 is an earlier thread, although recommendations are heavy on the SF/Oakland side. But if you put an address into Google and then input "World Cup", it will show locations nearby from their database. The Britannia Arms in Cupertino looks like a good possibility.

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Britannia Arms
1087 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129

Jun 30, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Please review my plan for Fourth of July weekend.

Dynamo isn't open on Sundays (I think your stomachs would probably have a hard time managing all three of those temples of deliciousness in one go anyway, and Dynamo's a long hike from Bi-Rite/Tartine). I would guess that everything else on your Sunday list will be open on July 4th, but you might want to email them and check.
Incanto is definitely worth it.

Jun 21, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to San Mateo - any recs on restos & markets?

Burgers were not one of the OP's requests, but Rave Burger (downtown) is good....lamb, buffalo, turkey, and veggie as well as beef, and the sweet potato fries are nice. Jack's Prime on ECR towards Belmont, across from Mollie Stone's, is a charming retro atmosphere but I didn't think the burger was quite as good as Rave, although the sweet potato fries were.

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Rave Burger
144 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Jack's Prime
3723 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

Jun 15, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to San Mateo - any recs on restos & markets?

You might also try Lunardi's on the Burlingame/Millbrae border; it's not that out of your way if you're in the northern part of San Mateo. Their meat counter is all packaged to order by knowledgeable butchers and I've been happy with it. Their produce is not quite as good in general, but they often have interesting Italian veggies that you don't find everywhere. Also, the Safeway in San Mateo on El Camino just north of 92 is very nice as Safeways go.

Jun 15, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

World Cup 2010 Watching and Eating Venues?

Inspired by the Union Square recommendations here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7127....

Saul's Deli in Berkeley is showing the 7 AM starts with sound and the lunchtime games with subtitles...no early morning games though. Have some of the housemade sodas...the fruit ones are delightful, I want to try the celery one day. http://saulsdeli.com/deli/pressevents/

Ricky's Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro is open for all the games including the 4 AM ones. I saw the A's exhibition games from Japan here a couple of seasons ago and it was a great early morning experience....very nice omelets and good coffee. http://www.rickys.com/about/world_cup...

What are other eating places showing World Cup games?

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Saul's Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Ricky's Sports Theater & Grill
15028 Hesperian Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94578

Jun 08, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Best English Breakfast Tea?

I am partial to the Secret Garden Tea House across from Golden Gate Park for a lovely teatime experience.

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Secret Garden Tea House
721 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122

Apr 26, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Gator Thompson on the move again, sadly :-(

I picked up a postcard at Coffee Bar this morning saying that Gator is catering a non-vehicular "tailgate" at Jelly's on Pier 50 for the Giants opening day this Friday, 4/9. (Coffee Bar is doing the coffee.) It begins at 8:30 AM -- the game begins at 1:30 PM. http://www.gatorsbackporch.com/index....

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Jelly's
295 Terry Francois St, San Francisco, CA

Coffee Bar
1890 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Apr 07, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Radio Africa Thursday and Friday Dinners @ Coffee Bar in San Francisco

Thanks Melanie. I read the Radio Africa menu every time I go to Coffee Bar in the morning (which is often, since I work in the next block) and always wish I could get that edamame hummus or the bacala earlier in the day. I'll have to stay up late sometime! I did manage to go to a two nights only Dungeness crab dinner by Alex Marsh at Coffee Bar a few months ago -- it was great but the Coffee Bar space is definitely better for a 30-minute mocha break than a two+-hour dinner. We were seated at the counter overlooking the lower level, and the high stools got uncomfortable. I also noted that in a pop-up situation where there isn't a permanent stock of serving ware, plates have to perform double or triple duty...several things were sent out in a small, deep bowl which worked well for soup, less so when it was a dessert that required some cutting.

Apr 01, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Il Canne Rosso at the Ferry Building, SF

At lunch today, I had a lovely brisket sandwich with tomato and parmesan, spinach salad, and a small bag of ....bacon caramel corn. For $3.50 it is as much bacon caramel corn as you would want, and pretty tasty.

Mar 28, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Tom Wilson Oranges at Andronico

Oh thank God! and thank you, lexdevil. I was afraid the Wilson orchard had been paved over or something.

Mar 23, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area

Omnivore Books on Food/Other Good Bookstores for Cookbooks

I recently wandered into Browser Books on Fillmore near California and noticed that, although it's not a large store, it had a particularly nice collection of books about food that aren't necessarily cookbooks.

Mar 19, 2010
Nina in San Francisco Bay Area