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Yu Shang in San Rafael

Curious to hear myself. Sounds like the Car Guys' old joke about the sign in repair shops "We specialize in all makes and models!"

Vegan friendly San Francisco restaurant

Carni-bores. Funny. Can I use it?

McClure's Pickles now at Cost Plus World Market

$18 for a quart of pickles! Jesus wept.

Glaze Teriyaki on Fillmore [San Francisco]

The fact that all chicken is skinless is a deal killer or me.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

Ideale in NB makes a fine torteloni di vitello in s creamy sauce. Also a great costelleto alla Milanese oven roasted without red sauce and cheese.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

I spent a memorable afternoon with Sr. Cecchini in his maccelleria one afternoon and though he declined to sell me bistecca florentina he was willing to cut loose of a "bistecca di Grevi". Charming man. Tough steak. Great memory.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

Try the lampredotto at Rosticeria Elmira on McAllister (100 block) in The City. Good as any Florentine tripperia with the added benefit of great home made potato chips.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

Sorry I brain f@rted Trattoria instead of L'Osteria, but that's just one more chance to endorse their ham and porcini crespelle (aka fazzoletti della nonna).

Staples ad

I have a bad case today. On I-phone only, but renders site useless.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

Second Ideale in North Beach. I like Bao Necci too but be aware a single serving pizza is almost $20. For our go to quotidian Italian we prefer Trattoria dal Forno on Columbus. Good pizzas, grilled lamb and pork braised In milk. Where I had my first Negroni.

Kobani: Kurdish kebab place on University in Berkeley

North Beach Gyros in The City also has stacked doner meats if you're not in the East Bay. Even the chicken gyros is good. I don't know for sure, but I think they are Turkish. Our waiter pronounced it "gairos".

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

I don't normally pay for sandwiches, but when I do it's usually Roli Roti. A great chef and a true mensch.

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

Jeez Gary, way to hurt a guy. Refined peanut oil is not allergenic, but of course on should inquire. As far as the noisome phrase "San Fran" let me explain my hyper sensitivity. My full first name is Aldred. My wife, friends, family, and clients all call me "Aldred" because it is a lovely and unusual name. With the exception of hounders the only people who call me "Al" are those too lazy to make the effort. Likewise San Francisco.

Recommendations For San Fran Restos? - bringing my "foodie" son....

At the lower end I am a huge fan of Yuet Lee on Stockton and Broadway. Local color and Cantonese sea food. Salt and pepper squid sets the standard as does the humble scrambled eggs and prawns. Please be advised that no locals ever say "San Fran". Ever.

Liguria Bakery switched from olive to canola oil? [San Francisco]

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?