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Where to find whole octopus?

Try Tokyo fish market in Berkeley. I have seen portions of large Octopus there. Presumably they start out whole.

Mar 21, 2013
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

wagyu in east bay

Any east bay butchers selling wagyu beef? Older posts list Andronico's, but those days are gone. All other locations are in SF.

thanks

Jun 23, 2012
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

tofu skins in East Bay

Anyone know where I might find tofu skins in the East Bay? I've never encountered them in my wanderings (though I have to admit I've never been on the lookout).

Thanks

Aug 21, 2011
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

new mint leaf restaurant in berkeley

where's the other?

Aug 21, 2011
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Eilat, Aqaba, and Amman

Check out Haret Jdoudna in Madaba, about 20 minutes out of Amman. It's well known, and for reason. After 3 weeks of Egyptian and standard Jordanian fare, I found this place to be ethereal.

http://www.haretjdoudna.com/

Jul 23, 2011
blexo in Middle East & Africa

Good Chinese lunch spot in the Sunset?

And when, exactly, is the lunar new year?

Jun 10, 2011
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

rack of lamb in southern marin

Yes, Caprice was my first thought but as you note, it is closed on the night we will be going out.

I've eaten there a couple of times and it has been enjoyable. The food prep is solid, if lacking a modern WOW factor, service is polished and.... it's quiet.

Nice view too if no fog.

Jan 06, 2011
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

rack of lamb in southern marin

Any place with a decent rack of lamb in southern Marin?

thanks

Jan 06, 2011
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

McCrady's Charleston dress

Good Day,

We be travelling through Charleston and are considering eating at McCrady's. This would likely be the only formal dinner ina two week trip and I don't want to be lugging around a jacket etc.

What is the acceptable dress code? I don't want to get seated behind the bussers station.

Thanks

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McCrady's Restaurant
2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

Good Day Restaurant
5128 Fairfield Rd Ste C, Columbia, SC 29203

Oct 05, 2010
blexo in Southeast

Charlotte NC Greek

Any good Greek places in Charlotte or environs?

Sep 24, 2010
blexo in Southeast

Dragonfruit?

I bought one at the Bowl a couple of weeks ago. Cost = $6. Pretty disappointing at any price.

Sep 06, 2010
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

little lady foods

Good Day,

Where might I find Little Lady Foods products in the East Bay? Specifically, Pizza.

Thanks

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Good Day Cafe
314 Georgia St, Vallejo, CA 94590

Aug 07, 2010
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

sparkler cake

I'm trying to put together a sparkler (as in pyrotechnic) cake for a group tomorrow. Does anyone know whwere I might find sparklers between Berkeley and Gualala?

Thanks

Jul 03, 2010
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

HCMC Late/ALL night dining

Good Day,

I'll be arriving in HCMC from San Francisco around midnight and figure to get to my district 1 hotel around 1:30 or 2:00 am. I expect to be a little jagged and am wondering if there is someplace not too hectic where I can unwind with some not bad food and drinks.

Thanks

Sep 18, 2009
blexo in China & Southeast Asia

wood tavern pastrami

I had the pastrami sandwich there yesterday and it was an absolute salt bomb. I like pastrami and I like salty food in general so if I find something to be pretty much inedible on account of saltiness it is extreme.

I would have asked the waiter about this but the uneaten sandwich was removed by the busser and I was never asked how the meal was. Given the noise evel, I just wanted out after the meal.

I would be interested in hearing the impressions of others. I'd lke to believe this was just a fluke.

Lexo

Jun 28, 2009
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

east bay super tuscans

Is there a shop in the East Bay with a good selection of Italian wines?

Feb 14, 2009
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

calvados

BevMo aside, anyone know of a place with a good selection of Calvados in the East Bay or Marin?

Nov 24, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

saltpeter/ptassium nitrate

Potassium nitrate, like nitrites, preserves a pink color. You can certainly corn (right about the size of salt) but your meat will end up rather grey.

Nov 01, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

saltpeter/ptassium nitrate

Good Day,

I'm looking to corn some beef and am trying to locate some saltpeter aka potassium nitrate

I'm striking out at the local pharmacies. Anyone know of a place not too fat from Berkeley?

Thanks

Nov 01, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Appalling Saul's

The waiter and manager are last line of quality control. If the sandwich wasn't right it should not have gone out. In spite of a language barrier, communicating "this needs sauerkraut" is not that difficult.

Aug 22, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

east bay weekday brunch

Cafe M on 5th street near the 4th street shopping area can be good

Aug 06, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

paglia e fieno

Anyone know of a place doing a decent paglia e fieno? Preferably East Bay.

Thanks

Aug 06, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Best bratwurst rolls in Sheboygan

The classic roll used for a brat is a semmel roll. You can get good ones in Sheboygan at City Bakery.

You should be able to find them in Milwaukee, though a quick internet search didn't indicate where exactly

Jul 18, 2008
blexo in General Midwest Archive

NYers in SF for bach party, need recs for group 17+

Acquerello has a great private room. It can easily manage 17 and has a cocktail/reception area somewhat separate from the dining area.

We did drinks with passed hors d'oeuvres then sat down for a great meal with phenomenal service.

Not cheap, but worth it.

Jul 18, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Good food with football on TV in SF?

Would you want to find a pub frequented by fans of your favorite team? Who you rotting for?

Jun 20, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh banana leaves in east bay

Can anyone point me to a store with fresh banana leaves in the east bay?

Thanks

May 24, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Gourmet Ghetto: not so much any more?

Cheesboard cheap? $20 for a thin piece of bread with minimalist toppings?

Mar 06, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

rivoli on shattuck?

Just walked by the former Misto Italian Bistro and saw a liquor license change notice where the new owners are listed as Rivoli Restaurant Inc.

Anyone know if this is a move, or a new venture?

Feb 19, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy Sheboygan bratwurst?

The only Sheboygan Brats you can get out here are Johnsonville and they can be found at Safeway and Albertson's/Lucky. I order online and attribute the Packer's run this year to an exceptional batch I received from the Usinger sausage co. in Milwaukee.

Jan 04, 2008
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get great Andouille?

Taylors Sausage in Oakland. 907 Washington St.

Nov 05, 2007
blexo in San Francisco Bay Area