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Costco's frozen CP Shrimp Won Ton - not bad, not bad!

I think I've seen it for ~$10 for a box of 6 portions, but please don't hold me to that b/c it's been a while since I purchased it. It goes on sale fairly regularly at Ranch 99. The reason we don't purchase it more often is b/c we rarely have room in our freezer for six portions. Otherwise, we'd purchase it more often!

Costco's frozen CP Shrimp Won Ton - not bad, not bad!

Ranch 99 in Dublin carries CP shrimp wontons, both with and without the noodles. It's usually in the open refrigerated cases near (but not next to) the hot deli mixed in with the assorted gyozas, not the regular freezer section.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

Vons is owned by Safeway, so you might want to check Vons for the artichokes mentioned by foodseek.

Jul 15, 2011
cvhound in Chains

visiting farms in SF Bay area

Perhaps this would be of interest to you?

ideas for puff pastry shells or fillo cups?

C oliver, thank you so much for the helpful cooking tips regarding the wonton wrappers. I really appreciate it!

Dec 13, 2010
cvhound in Home Cooking

ideas for puff pastry shells or fillo cups?

Regarding the wonton wrappers, do you bake them plain or do you brush them with anything (i.e. egg wash)? Approximate time and temp for baking? Do you bake them fill or fill then bake? Sorry for all the questions, but I think these would work great for a gathering I'm attending in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

Dec 13, 2010
cvhound in Home Cooking

Finding the Best Fried Chicken in San Francisco !!

+1 for Zero Zero's fried chicken. We don't like the strange yogurt sauce but love the addictive chile sauce served with the chicken. We ask for the sauce served on the side, so we can enjoy every bit of the crisp batter. Otherwise, the portion sitting on top of the sauce gets soggy.

Zero Zero
826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Dungeness Crab Prices '10

This Friday through Monday weather permitting, Safeway is selling fresh cooked Dungeness crab for $2.99/lb and will crack and clean them for free. To go with your crab, all wines above $20 excluding champagne and sparkling wine is available for 30% off with an add'l 10% off when you buy 6 bottles or more. The wine promotion is available through 1/9/11.

Rodelle vanilla beans at Richmond Costco

They were also available at the same price at the Danville store on Sunday, 11/28.

i want to make homemade filled wontons. should i freeze after putting in the filling and shaping or after cooking?

Line a pan with parchment paper, lay out your filled wontons making sure they don't touch, and freeze them on the pan. Once they're frozen, transfer the wontons to a heavy-duty ziploc bag and squeeze out as much air from the bag as you can. Otherwise, your wontons will stick together in a big blob in your freezer and you won't be able to separate them without tearing your wontons. BTW, I've successfully frozen cooked wontons as well, but they don't taste nearly as good. Hope that helps!

Oct 21, 2010
cvhound in Home Cooking

Cup Cakes in San Francisco?

+1 for CupKate's. IMHO, way better than Kara's and much better than the ones sold at Magnolia's in NYC. One of my coworkers recently brought in two large boxes of her cupcakes so I got to sample about six different flavors. There were all very delicious and the perfect sized treat. They're not cheap, but definitely the best cupcakes I've ever had. My favorite was the salted caramel.

For those in East Bay, you can follow her whereabouts on Twitter. She'll also deliver directly to your office if you purchase at least two dozen cupcakes.

Los Angeles Hound in Need of Help!

Our favorite bread at Tartine is their country loaf which they sell by the 1/2 loaf or whole loaf, but only after 5pm on most days. However, the line to purchase bread often goes out the door and around the block. We've arrived at 6pm to find them already sold out of their bread for the day. If you want to sample their bread before 5pm, consider getting a sandwich made with one of their breads.

If you're going to get the sourdough at Tadich, you might want to consider picking up a loaf of pain epi from Acme at the Ferry Building before you head home. Note, their epi is delicious but has a short shelf life so you'll want to eat/freeze fairly quickly.

Los Angeles Hound in Need of Help!

Pei, thanks so much for reminding me of the connection between Picco and Zero Zero! We love Pizza Picco but it's quite a haul from Castro Valley so we don't get there as often as we'd like. We're pretty busy this month with work and travel, but will definitely hit up Zero Zero after we get back from Maui.

Los Angeles Hound in Need of Help!

We haven't eaten at Zero Zero or Flour + Water, but have had the margherita pizzas at Tony's, Pizza Delfina, Pizza Picco, Dopo, Pizzaiolo, Boot and Shoe, and numerous others in the Bay area. Our favorite pizza in the Bay Area are the pies at Pizza Picco in Larkspur, with Pizzaiolo a distant second and Boot and Shoe a close third. We were not impressed with the signature margherita at Tony's.

So you can caliberate our tastes, in June we had Keste's special burrata pie as well as the salsiccia, the margherita and sopressata picante pies at Motorino and the margherita at Totonno's in Coney Island. We loved the burrata pie at Keste so much we had it twice during our 10 day visit. Motorino was a distant second and Totonno's a far third.

Personally, I wouldn't waste the stomach space on pizza this trip. However, I do think Pizza Picco is worth a visit on a future trip if you travel up that way. Also highly recommend the brunch at Foreign Cinema or if you want more casual, Maverick in the Mission. The andouille benedicts at Maverick are awesome!

If you're a bread person, Tartine is definitely worth a stop. We ate a ton of bread in NYC but Tartine's country bread remains our favorite.

Family-Friendly near Embarcadero

Farmer Brown is an easy walk from the Powell station but it can get pretty loud on a Friday night. Not sure of your price point, but both Scala's Bistro and E&O Trading Company might also fit your criteria. If you're open to eating at a chain restaurant, Bucca de Beppa is an easy walk from the Powell station.

I know you said no burgers, but what about Taylor's Refresher in the Ferry Building? I think they changed the name to Gott's Burgers? Taylor's is an easy walk from the Embarcadero Bart station and I think everyone in your group could find something they'd like to eat on the menu. Easy seating indoors or outdoors. Plus, you could go walking along the water after dinner.

Scala's Bistro
432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Farmer Brown
25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Brown Sugar Kitchen Review [Oakland]

Our favorite items at BSK are the beignets, waffles, grits, oyster po-boy and greens. The chicken is very hit and miss. When it's good, it's really good. Unfortunately they're just as often a miss so we've stopped ordering the chicken after receiving too many orders of mediocre chicken. We've never ordered the ribs.

We've tried most of the items in their bakery case but most were just meh, especially the cheddar bacon biscuit which we found to be dry and greasy. Cookies were better than the banana or other loaf breads.

SF w/ fiance (July 2nd - 8th)

Take something to read in case you get stuck in a long line at Mama's. We arrived around 12:30 on a Saturday and stood in line for two hours. Luckily we were there with another couple and didn't mind the long wait, but I was shocked the wait was so long at that time of day (we were there for brunch). Yes, the pancakes were probably the best we've ever had, but they were certainly not worth a 2-hour wait!

+1 for Bar Crudo. I dream about their heirloom tomato salad with lobster and burata cheese. We're also big fans of their chowder and interesting beers that go surprisingly well with the chowder.

SF/Sausalito/Healdsburg trip plan for review

I'm a big rworange fan and have found her restaurant pics/selections extremely helpful in the past. However, for what it's worth, I had a mediocre brunch at Farley Bar.

There were four of us that day and everyone ordered a different entree so I got to taste numerous appetizers and entrees. It's very possible that we hit them on an off day, but none of us were pleased with our meals. To be fair, we've never eaten at the restaurant b/c of our experience at Farley Bar.

I'm also in the minority in that I'm not a huge Zuni fan. We've had dinner there on three separate occasion (all three times with another couple) and ordered the famous chicken dish twice, so I feel I've experienced a good portion of their dinner menu.

I don't think Oakville Grocery is significantly better than Zabar's or Fairway and the Whole Foods at Columbus Circle blows Oakville Grocery, Sunshine Market, Dean & Deluca (St. Helena location), etc. away.

If you don't want to hit Ferry Building on Sunday, Maverick in the Mission serves brunch until 3pm. It's hard to explain why, but the style of their food reminds me of Locanda Verde (we had brunch there recently), but I prefer Maverick's food to LV. It's a very small restaurant so you'll definitely want to reserve ahead. When the weather is nice, we always request a window table which they leave open.

My husband and I travel almost an hour each way to purchase loaves of bread from Tartine Bakery in the Mission. If you like bread, you can purchase their bread after 5pm until they sell out, half loaves are available. Otherwise you can sample their bread in their sandwiches or croques.

We're huge carb addicts so we sampled lots of bread in NYC (Zabar's, Amy's, Balthazar's, Sullivan Street Bakery, Scarpetta's, etc.) and Tartine's country bread in S/F remains our favorite. If you can't get to Tartine, Acme's pain epi from the Ferry Building is also pretty tasty.

Foreign Cinema in the Mision also does a great brunch. The inside of Foreign Cinema reminds me a lot of LV's interior. Very spacious, airy, bright with a great positive ambiance.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

SF/Sausalito/Healdsburg trip plan for review

For your lunch at the Ferry Building (hint - across the street from Hotel Vitale), you might want to consider Hog Island Oyster. Alternatively, purchase cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, pain epi from Acme Bread, salami from the salami place then take these items and enjoy lunch al fresco on a bench overlooking the bay. Slanted Door is also nice but receives extremely polarizing opinions on this board. If you choose SD, make sure you research which items to order/avoid.

Given all the great Italian available in NYC (we recently returned from a 10 day trip), I'd remove Delfina from your list since you can get similar food at home. Ditto for Sushi Ran.

We love the cioppino at Tadich. For something different, you might try the S&P crab at R&G Lounge. We also like their three treasures dish. Again, do a search since ordering well is critical for a good meal at R&G.

Have you considered Le Garage in Sausalito? Yes, you can get similar food at home but not with that view. It's a small restaurant so definitely make reservations and request an outside table.

In St. Helena we prefer Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and Rutherford Grill to Martini House. Yes RG shares the same owner as Houston's, but their food and service are excellent and they don't charge corkage.

We're not allowed to comment on non-food related items like accomodations, but see my hint above. Hope that helps and you have a great trip!

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

Where to buy Mexican Coke by the case in the Bay Area?

Not sure whether they'd give you a case discount, but Ranch 99 sells it in their refrigerated beverage case. The closest Ranch 99 to Oakland/Berkeley is in Albany just off the freeway.

Lunch for Party of 10

Anyone know of a restaurant that would work for our post team-building event?

Bay Area Hound Seeks Advice for 10-day Trip

Thank you to hcbk0702, gutsofsteel and Littleman. The detailed feedback was incredibly helpful! Thank you again for your time. I really appreciate it!

Jun 07, 2010
cvhound in Manhattan

Lunch for Party of 10

Can anyone recommend any restaurants for a party of 10 around 1:30pm on Tuesday, 6/22?

We’re driving in from Pleasanton for a department team-building event and need a restaurant walking distance from Pier 39 (we’re doing the 10am Alcatraz tour) or a restaurant with easy parking for 3 cars.

I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with restaurants that meet our criteria. Scoma’s was ruled out as too spendy. My boss is personally footing the bill for the entire day and would like to keep lunch around $15/pp before tax and tip.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Bay Area Hound Seeks Advice for 10-day Trip

I know it's a lot to read and the endless requests for itinerary reviews must get tiring, but would really appreciate hearing your comments/suggestions.

Jun 07, 2010
cvhound in Manhattan

Bay Area Hound Seeks Advice for 10-day Trip

Bay Area hounds heading to NYC this week to attend a family member’s wedding. I’ve noted the “must order” items but would love hearing about other “must order” items you think we should add to our list.

We're not big on fatty pork, lamb, “gamey” meats, foie gras, pate or dishes that taste strongly of truffles. We are big on seafood (esp shellfish), squid and fish. Hubby loves duck, I do not.

Both huge carb addicts. Especially love good bread and think nothing of traveling 45 minutes each way to purchase Tartine’s country bread which we prefer to Acme. Prefer “savory” to “sweet.”

Love all different kinds of cheese, hubby not so much. Both love burrata and other cow's milk cheese. Hubby enjoys chocolate chip cookies (Levain Bakery is on my list) and the occasional chocolate dessert, me not so much.

We’re spending our first 4 nights at the new Eventi Hotel in Chelsea (6th Ave btwn 29th & 30th) and the last 5 nights at the Beacon Hotel (W74th & Broadway). Reservations have been secured where appropriate, but we have three open dinner slots that we need to fill.

Day 1 – Lunch at Keen’s Pub (burgers), dinner at Scarpetta (stick with apps & pastas like spaghetti and black pasta with seafood; does the polenta dish taste strongly of truffles?)

Day 2 – Take-out lunch from Chelsea Market (lobster rolls, chowder and sushi from Lobster Place, burrata cheese from Buon Italia, mini cupcakes from Eleni’s, fennel roll from Amy's bread, espresso from 9th Street) to eat at Highline Park, friends & family dinner at Nobu 57

Day 3 – Brunch cruise from Chelsea Pier, wedding reception at Grammercy Park Hotel

Day 4 – Brunch at Locanda Verde (burnt toast & baked eggs), need dinner suggestion after touring Brooklyn with Big Apple Greeter (open to eating before/after walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan)

Day 5 – Lunch at EMP (scallop appetizer, poached lobster, cheese plate), take-out dinner from Fairway/Zabar’s/Cetrella (crab cakes) or Shake Shack on UWS (double stack & shack stack)

Day 6 – Lunch at café on Ellis Island, early dinner at Clinton St. Bakery (fried chicken, maple bacon, biscuits and pancakes) or Sarge’s (pastrami sandwich and 7-layer cake) after touring Wall Street and WTC tribute center

Day 7 – Lunch at Sushi Yasuda (requested seats at sushi bar, anyone have a particular chef to recommend for two sushi novice? peace oyster a must), drinks at Campbell Apartment before sunset at TOTR, late dinner at Strip House (ribeye & creamed corn)

Day 8 – RGR’s LES tour for snacks, late lunch at Motorino (soppressata & margherita with burrata), window shopping along 5th Ave after lunch, dinner open

Day 9 – Breakfast at Barney Greengrass UWS (scrambled eggs with nova with untoasted buttered bagel), lunch at Central Park Boathouse (crabcakes), exploring Central Park after lunch, dinner open

Day 10 – Lunch at Jean-Georges on route to JFK (is this a good choice given our other selections?)

On my radar if the opportunity presents itself around snack/meal time include Donut Plant (cake not yeast donuts, esp crème brule, tres leches, pb&j), Russ & Daughters, Artichoke (Sicilian slice), Wafles & Dinges, Babbo (grilled octopus at bar), Ippudo Ramen (ramen & pork buns hold the mayo), Mary’s Fish Camp/Pearl’s Oyster Bar/Luke’s Oyster Bar, Properity Dumplings (fried dumplings), Shanghei Café (stir fried rice cakes), Joe’s Shanghei (XLB), Noodle Town (salt & pepper soft shell crab), Joe the Art of Coffee, Halel cart on 6th Ave, Kee’s chcolates.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Jun 06, 2010
cvhound in Manhattan

ISO "normal" but good food in Dublin/Pleasanton

Stacey's in the same shopping center as Willy's is indeed closed.

My husband and I ate at Sideboard in Danville last weekend and really enjoyed their food! The portions were on the small side and the prices are high compared to Oakland, but the food and desserts in particular were fabulous!

Hubby had the cheeseburger (added bacon) and fries. I had a small bit and dare I say it was probably the tastiest burger we’ve had in East Bay. I had a soft shell crab sandwich (a whiteboad special) with fries (comes with chips but you can pay $2 extra for fries). The crab was fairly large and fried well, but the taste was meh.

I'm not a big dessert person, but WOW, the cookies were really good and all made in house. We purchase to take home two mini gluten-free peanut butter cookies sandwiched with fudge (our favorite of the bunch), snickerdoodle, ginger and chocolate chip. We also took home a bacon and cheddar scone (I liked it warmed in the toaster oven the next day, but hubby thought it tasted too greasy) and a slice of foccacia topped with cherry tomatoes, herbs and parmesan cheese (again, I liked it but hubby did not).

We were still hungry after our sandwiches (we skipped breakfast so were starved), so we ordered a latte for me, mocha for him and shared a slice of chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting (absolutely delicious!) Total after tax was almost $70 for our lunch, dessert and baked goods to take home.

They use high quality, organic products when possible (i.e., Blue Bottle coffee, Acme bread, Clover organic butter, Prather Ranch beef, Alexander Valley pickles, etc.). Order at the counter, self-serve utensils/condiments, find an empty table and they'll bring your food to your table.

There's a large communcal table in the middle of the restaurant which seats 8. Around 1:30pm on Saturday, those were the only seats available in the restaurant. We shared the table with a charming, friendly couple who helped us pass the time while we waited over 30 minutes for our food to arrive. We then waited almost 15 minutes for our coffee and cake to arrive after ordering at the counter after we finished eating our lunch. Definitely not the place to go if you're in a rush.

Sideboard neighborhood coffeehouse and kitchen
411 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526

Any reviews on Town Hall restaurant in SF??

Our favorites at Town Hall are the BBQ shrimp & butter lettuce salad (we get these every time), roasted beet salad, veal meatballs, buttermilk biscuits with pepper jelly, fried oysters, fried chicken and blackened fish with dirty rice. We did not like the tuna tartare or the St. Louis ribs.

We've tried almost every item on their dinner menu and found we much prefer their appetizers to their entrees, so we'll often order 1-2 apps, a salad and an entree to share between the two of us and take leftovers home. Their salads are huge and easily large enough to share between 2-3 people.

Our favorite desserts are coffee & donuts and the warm toffee cake. If you like puddings, their chocolate & butterscotch pot de creme is very popular.

They serve delicious cocktails, especially the Dorothy Parker.

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

Parentals in Town - Need Help

If you're okay eating at a chain restaurant, I would pick Hillstone on Embarcadero (formerly known as "Houston's) over Fog City Diner. They have the same owners and menu as before (the same group owns Rutherford Grill in Rutherford), but recently changed their name from Houston's to Hillstone.

During the week they often have a small jazz ensemble that adds to the atmosphere. We took my husband's parents there when we faced constraints very similar to yours and they loved the place. Do try to call ahead for reservations, as there's often a long wait unless you eat before 6pm.

Fog City Diner
1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

Downtown Pleasanton, what's good.

Vulber, not walking distance to Bart but not too far from you if you work on the same side of the freeway as Chef India is Ume Sushi on Hopyard. Their lunch specials offer good value and you can often find a 10% off Valupak coupon on-line which is good for lunch or dinner. Best to go early (definitely before 11:45) or late. I've been there when every table in the restaurant is completely full. There's a Kinder's BBQ in the same strip shopping center.

Chef India's lunch buffet isn't too bad, but I think it's kinda pricey for the quality and varienty of their offerings. I like the salads at Faz and the atmosphere is very conducive to business lunches. Tofu House on Santa Rita (the one in front of the pink motel) is okay, but not as good as the Korean restaurants in Oakland.

Outdoor Brunch north of San Francisco?

If stopping in Sausalito is an option, we love the food and atmosphere at Le Garage. One of our favorite ways to start a lazy weekend. We love their mussels with frites, frisee salad with poached eggs and soft boiled eggs with toast. Excellent coffee, great wines, reservations highly recommended unless you're okay waiting. The restaurant can be difficult to find if you've never been, so check out the parking tips on Yelp.

Le Garage
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA