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Need casual dinner on a Monday night in Russian Hill/Marina

Hi folks -- I'm planning a casual Monday night dinner in Russian Hill and all my go-to places (Pesce, Zarzuela etc) appear to be closed Mondays. Any recs?

Recommendation for date night? Ideally in the Mission.

I would try the Heirloom Café -- definitely cozy and romantic, in the Mission, with delicious food. Ask about the owner's special wine list.

Range may push you out of that price bracket with drinks, but it's also a favorite.

Best SF Breakfast

Thanks for the tip! I'll try it out...

Another Brazilian Ingredient Question - Baroa Potatoes (Batata Baroa)

Does anyone know if batata baroa is available anywhere -- at stores or at farmer's markets -- in the US?

Jan 21, 2012
turtl_girl in General Topics

Best SF Breakfast

I found this old thread in a search for weekday breakfast spots -- so I thought I'd throw a couple of my favorites on there. For Mexican breakfast (esp on weekdays), I love La Torta Gorda, on 24th near Bryant. Everything is awesome and homemade (including the juices, but excepting the coffee). For breakfast I particularly love the tinga quesadillas (with epazote & jalapeños), huevos divorciados (with different sauces), and a big glass of the vampiro (beet juice blend).

Another good spot for breakfast on the weekend is Universal Café, and I second the vote for Foreign Cinema.

Such thing as a delicious brunch buffet in SF?

Great, thank you -- how would you compare them?

Such thing as a delicious brunch buffet in SF?

Hi Chowfolk -- My better half for some reason has a passion for brunch buffets. I'm not convinced there's a good one in SF but he says I must be wrong. Are there any brunch buffets -- hotel or otherwise -- that you like out there?

For regular brunch -- my list of favorites includes Foreign Cinema, Brenda's, and the Universal Café.

Thanks!

Honey nougat/torrone - where to find?

Okay thank you! I'll report back on if they have it.

Decisions, decisions - Book Bindery or Chez Shea for group of 6

Ok thanks -- I'm think we'll go with Book Bindery. Will report back!

Jan 11, 2012
turtl_girl in Greater Seattle

Honey nougat/torrone - where to find?

Thanks! Yeah, I'm looking for some without refined sugar or corn syrup. Years ago I had some that were just honey, and insanely flavorful and delicious.

Decisions, decisions - Book Bindery or Chez Shea for group of 6

Thanks! How would you rate Book Bindery on the ambiance front? Is it loud in there? That's the hesitation for me.

Jan 10, 2012
turtl_girl in Greater Seattle

Honey nougat/torrone - where to find?

Hi all -- I'm looking for traditional nougat/torrone sweetened only with honey. Has anyone come across this?

I'm particularly excited about finding the Provence style made with lavender honey, but am open to any.

Thanks! This stuff appears hard to find.

CSA recommendations for 2012?

I've had Terra Firma for a couple of years now and have been very happy with them (www.terrafirmafarm.com). One interesting thing is that they grow and include nuts (pistachios, walnuts, etc.) which are really delicious -- but if you have allergies that might be something to flag.

There is a good balance of fruits and vegetables (usually half and half) it's all organic, and everything is exceptional picked-this-morning quality. Nothing comes in the box that wasn't grown on the farm. The farm is also good about communicating what will be in boxes, any changes, recipes, etc. There is a range of sizes you can get -- and you can switch sizes easily if need be.

I spend a fair amount of time at farmer's markets, and what we get in our box is always as good as the best organic produce you'll see at the market.

Decisions, decisions - Book Bindery or Chez Shea for group of 6

I'd be much obliged if folks out there could help me make a decision. I'm coming from out of town to organize a special family dinner in Seattle. We're going to have a group of six people, some of whom have kind of a hard time hearing in noisy restaurants. So we want a relatively quiet, relaxed, special place with really delicious food and great service.

We have narrowed it down to Book Bindery or Chez Shea. I've never been to either and am having a hard time deciding between the two. Which would you choose and why?

Thanks so much for your help.

Jan 09, 2012
turtl_girl in Greater Seattle

SF Hound needs great lunch spot nearish U-Village

Hi Seattle Hounds -- I'm in town to see family and am looking for a nice lunch place near or on the way to (heading from Greenlake area) University Village.

We want to avoid the Ave, but anywhere else off the beaten path around the U District is OK.

Open to all cuisine types, but we tend to gravitate towards lighter & fresh tastes.

Thanks for your help!

Dec 21, 2011
turtl_girl in Greater Seattle

Where to buy a great corned beef, bottom round?

Bought a 9 or 10 pound cut (it was huge!) and smoked it for 8 hours. It hadn't quite reached temperature at this point, so it was finished off in the oven for another hour. The smoky flavor was just right at that point.

Where to buy a great corned beef, bottom round?

Picked up an enormous and beautiful 10 lb bottom round corned beef from Robert's and smoked it for 10 hrs. It made an absolutely beautiful pastrami.

To Civil Bear -- for this kind of treatment, I prefer the bottom round because it's not so fatty as brisket.

Where to buy a great corned beef, bottom round?

Excellent -- thanks! I bought one and am smoking it this weekend, will post on the results.

Where to buy a great corned beef, bottom round?

Hi all, I'd like to buy a corned beef to smoke and make pastrami with. I used to buy them from Dittmer's in Mountain View, but they're closed from a fire.

Is there anywhere in the city that sells a good one?
Thanks

Where to buy za'atar in SF?

awesome, thanks everyone! i'm (newly) in the richmond, so it sounds like there are good options nearby.

Where to buy za'atar in SF?

Opinions on the best source for Syrian/Near Eastern products? Would also like to find aleppo pepper.
Thanks!

Where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?

Thanks nestorius -- have you tried cooking with the frozen kind before? What is the taste/texture like in comparison to the fresh?

Anyone know where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?

Thanks itaunas -- have you tried cooking with the frozen kind before? What is the texture like?

Anyone know where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?

Hi folks -- does anyone know where I could find batata baroa, otherwise known as mandioquinha? It is a brazilian root vegetable that looks like a fat, yellowish parsnip, and tastes like a cross between a parsnip and a yukon gold potato (yes, very delicious!).

Thanks

Where to find batata baroa or mandioquinha?

Hi folks -- does anyone know where I can find batata baroa, also known as mandioquinha? It is a brazilian root vegetable that looks something like a fat, yellowish parsnip and tastes like a cross between a yukon gold potato and a parsnip.

Thanks!

Need Palo Alto recs for 9000 cal/day Chowpuppy

It's not immediately next door, but Palace BBQ Buffet in Sunnyvale has awesome, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ within a relatively short drive of Stanford. Plus you get the fun of picking out your meat, and cooking it at your table.

I used to go there in college with a couple friends who were on the Stanford football team -- the waitstaff usually met us with looks of panic in their eyes, but never kicked us out. :)

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Palace B.B.Q. Buffet
1092 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Pozole...at Whole Foods in SF

puerto alegre is my go-to spot for comfort food-style pozole. it includes lots of pork, different cuts, and is really flavorful. and it's particularly delicious after a martini or two at blondie's next door.

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Puerto Alegre Restaurant
546 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Soft Shell Crabs for lunch

they're not open for lunch, but i had a pretty amazing soft shell crab app at range last week

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Range
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Where do I get Cherimoya now?

there's a woman who sells tropical fruits (dragonfruit, etc.) and avocados at the sunday morning farmer's market on california ave. in palo alto that often has cherimoya. not sure if she's still selling? also saw it relatively recently at the alemany farmer's market in san francisco.

opinions on which place to buy sushi grade fish/seafood in SF?

hi folks - i am having a sushi party and have been doing some homework on the best place to buy sushi grade fish and seafood in the city. close to the mission is a plus, but i'm willing to travel. so far the best options seem to be:
mission market fish & poultry (mission)
sun fat seafood (mission)
nijiya market (japantown)
san francisco fish company (ferry building)

any feelings about whether variety, quality & prices are that different amongst the four?
are there other stores that should be on this list?

thanks!