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Ligura Bakery switched from olive to canola oil?

I noticed a pallet of canola cans in the back once when I was in there months ago and decided to not let it bother me. Better canola than some cheap-ass solvent extracted pomace "olive oil". Still tastes great, and there is no claim to "extra virgin" status. If I asked them and they claimed different, I might be bothered,like when the "baby eels" at Bask were surimi even though the server claimed otherwise.

Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

Would also be open to suggestions on Clement St.

Best DanTat in SF Chinatown

Foolishly posted as q&a. (Thanks Melanie). Try again. Golden Gate Bakery doesn't count.

Little Apple's Original Apple Cider Caramels

I am a huge fan and regular shopper at FPFM but I am also the first to point out that "pricey and small" describes a lot of the products there.

Bask in North Beach? [San Francisco]

Went last night with the olive board, and found everything great. Wonderful selection of hams,great croquettes and especially the garlic shrimp. My only disappointment was with the baby eels, since the menu did not say they were fake, I asked the charming server if they were surimi ( surimi makes me sad) and was reassured that they were frozen,("Because of the season, you know) but they were nonetheless real. Alas they were made out of "krab". Surimi makes me sad. There I said it again.

Changes afoot at Cafe New Honolulu (SF Chinatown)?

And the gai pies?

Changes afoot at Cafe New Honolulu (SF Chinatown)?

Never heard of "gai pies". Please explain. And what is a "sai chan"? Youth wants to know.

Rabbit supplier

Just to confirm, I got a nice 3 1/2 pound rabbit yesterday from Devil's Gulch at FPFM. Grilled up nicely. Next door Chowdown farms has Guinea Fowl (frozen, but good) somewhat larger than the ones available on Grant Ave.

Dollar oysters at Sotto Mare [San Francisco]

I'd hate to put another dime in Pat Kuleto's pocket. YMMV.

Dollar oysters at Sotto Mare [San Francisco]

A little off topic, but I saw a sign in the window of Ferry Plaza Seafoods touting $1 oysters M-Th. 3-6 PM (better check the hours). Perfect timing for me.

Rabbit supplier

It's been a few weeks since I've bought any. I hope I'm not wrong. BTW did you know that the Inuit believe that rabbit meat is poison? Their diet requires such high fat intake that during hard times when there is nothing but (lean) rabbit to eat they would starve. (Farley Mowat, THE SIBERIANS).

Rabbit supplier

Devil's Gulch is currently selling rabbit at FPFM. They even have a little fat on them. Yummy grilled.

3 days in San Francisco

If it's a sunny day don't ignore the giant camera. Hokey and amazing at the same time. Since you are heading out there anyway you might consider checking out the dim sum/dumpling scene in the Richmond district. Check this board for more expert opinion than I could offer.

Mason Cash Bowls

Lee Valley Hardware mail order has one with a foot for kneading. Very clever and useful.

Dole Whip

Don't f..k with the mouse, man. He be a seriously litigious rodent.

Tasty Travails: In California, A is For...Carciofi

Anyone ever spotted carciofi alla giuda in The City?

Arguello, Presidio [San Francisco]

"Rather Modest" does not begin to describe the portioning (and I've never yelped in my life). A petty person could call it insulting. Also the memory of the "crispy side pork", in fact the only thing there was plenty of( because it was so revolting, )3 thick slices of flabby bland pork belly that made me think that this whole pork belly thing might be done.

Candyfreak - where to find obscure candy bars?

Necco wafers,candy corn and circus peanuts are my three contenders for World's Worst Candy. On a positive note, The Candy Store on Vallejo off Polk has a large selection of antique candy bars. Now if I could only get hold of some Moxie. (Damn you Fizzery!)

Gyros North Beach [San Francisco]

But back to North Beach Gyros, you should try it.

Why are they standing in line ?

I remember eons ago when Paul Prudhomme opened a pop-up on The Embarcadero (first Pop- up ever?) the line was so long that people were selling lunch to people waiting for dinner.

Wise Sons or Millers East Coast Delicatessen for pastrami sandwich ? [San Francisco]

Totally agree with Melanie as usual. Wise Sons makes a fine product, but I enjoyed Rye Project even more. One quibble with R P is I like horseradish on my pastrami and they said that they didn't have any. When I pointed out a refrigerator full of the stuff I was told it was only for sale by the jar. Meh.

Dinner in SF to replace Presidio Social Club? Garibaldi’s?

I had a recent highly disappointing brunch at Arguello and remember overpriced small portions of bland food with exotic names. Particularly noteworthy was a piece (at least it was large) of flabby fat masquerading as "crispy pork belly ". Good chips though.

San Francisco HELP

More important question is what lines are worth standing in? Without question, Roli Roti's line for Porchetta sandwich, the first and still the best. Even by FPFM standards, Cap't. Mike's smoked fish is delicious, but in my opinion overpriced. Downtown Bakery line moves quickly so don't be intimidated,and the lines for pour-over coffee never cease to mystify me.

Why Aren't Dogs Allowed in U.S. Restaurants?

Like Harley-Davidson says. "If you have to
ask, you wouldn't understand."

Feb 15, 2015
little big al in Features

pan roast

In the same family as Rockefeller, Oysters Bingo at Buckeye Roadhouse. MMMM

Swan Oyster Depot --- do they locals actually like it or is it merely a sucks for bucks type of tourist trap ???? [San Francisco]

Not food, but the PT Cruiser convertible is the most fun car I've ever owned, and I've had some fun ones. But it is retro-kitsch.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

Today, Valentines day they were a whopping $10.50 at Alioto-Lazio. BUT mine was 3.25 pounds (a record for me, it almost didn't fit in my steamer) and feistier than I've ever seen. Still local provenance. Maybe I'll check out HMB next week.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

$8 at Alioto-Lazio last week. They recommend showing up early. Two and a half pounds and still sweet though.

Bollito Misto 2015 at Poggio, Sausalito

And the rest?

Bollito Misto 2015 at Poggio, Sausalito

Straightforward does not mean easy. I too have made it countless (no really maybe 6) times, but to get a good variety of meats, a fowl,a cotteghino, a tongue, one or two briskets,(veal and beef), (not to mention a calf's head) you need to feed a crew of 12-20 people and that's a lot of work. Also, I'm not a natural saucier, unlike the pros at Poggio. And the sauces are important. I recall from last time the only Mostarda I've ever really enjoyed.