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Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

Thanks for all your great ideas! We ended up going to Picco which was just the right amount of festive for a major birthday. We ordered the meatballs (which Mr. Non-Veg liked very much), the eggplant parm, which was tasty but nothing to write home about, and two standout dishes: the gnocchi with housemade sausage and the grilled asparagus with a spinach sformato. Ah, the sformato was ethereal-- light as air and so delicate in texture and flavor-- perfect with the fonduta and the asparagus. And the cocktails... ahhh. I had one with Irish Whiskey and ice tea ice cubes. I could have had three. The birthday boy had a blueberry cobbler with lemongrass ice cream, which he loved...the lemongrass was a creative touch but it was still traditional enough for his conservative palate. A really lovely evening after our sunset sail! Thanks again to 'hounds for making me look good.
One thing though-- by the time we finished dinner (past 10pm) I was exhausted and left my wallet at Picco after paying the bill, but they didn't call me when they found it, even though they had my cell phone number from my reservation. I didn't realize that it was missing until Sunday evening, and they still hadn't called. But that's certainly not about the food.
Also, we went to Southie for lunch, but he didn't have the meatballs as he claimed that would be too many meatballs in one day (is that a thing?) However, we loved the pulled pork sammie and the fried chicken salad, which we shared.

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

Thanks for that link! Barbacco was my first choice, but I didn't see meatballs on their current menu!

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

Mr. Non-veg is turning 40, and as he is a man of the people, he would like nothing better than delicious meatballs for his birthday dinner. We live in the east bay but will travel. I was thinking Delfina, but they don't take reservations, and if there's one thing Mr. Non-Veg hates, it's WAITING. So, somewhere with great meatballs, pasta unnecessary but a plus, and it would be great if it were a little nicer than a sub/sandwich shop... I was thinking Pizzaiolo, but alas, no meatballs on the menu, and Little Star, while beloved, is a little too much on our regular rotation (but it's definitely a back-up).
Thanks in advance!
Ms. Recovering Veg

18 Hour Layover Hong Kong - Any Standout Lunches/Must Visits

Get some bo lo char siu bao from THW to munch on for your flight!

6 hour layover in HK

I generally head into town if I have a 10-12 hour layover... You need to subtract a couple of hours to get through security/customs on either end, plus about another hour (about) for round trip airport express. Most shops won't be open that early... So it's a lot of travel for a quick dim sum breakfast.

Help finding an article about food in India?

I saw your post on the India board. I'm an SF hound who lived in North India for a year in graduate and return almost every summer. I'd be happy to answer any questions, and I'll go over and post on the India board. There are some great food blogs also which I'll link to. Have an amazing trip.

Hong Kong Multiple locales

I'd recommend searching the board- just type Hong Kong into the search engine and look at the past 5 years- that's how I've gotten many suggestions which have been amazing- like my favorite dim sum and char siu spot- Fu Sing!

Kowloon update Tim Ho Wan and Ye Shanghai

Thanks for the report! Which location of TIm Ho Wan did you go to?

Kowloon update Tim Ho Wan and Ye Shanghai

Thanks for the report! Which location of TIm Ho Wan did you go to? Oh never mind! I should have read the whole thread first! Mea culpa!

Flavors of Italy- Delhi

Yes, but I think you need to be a member to go.

Jul 19, 2014
MissVeg in India & South Asia

5 days of business eats in Gurgaon - April 2014

Dhaba by Claridges I think is in Gurgaon now- a solid choice for Indian.

Jul 17, 2014
MissVeg in India & South Asia

Smokehouse Deli- Khan Market, Delhi

Although I was determined to head to one of the Asian eateries in Khan Market to help my summer cold with some hot gingery soup, I ended up in Smokehouse Deli instead, as I found myself craving something a little more familiar.
I ordered the half sandwich (Brie and smoked sundried tomato spread with arugula) with a bowl of the smoked cauliflower soup. While neither was particularly smoky, the soup was particularly noteworthy, topped with crunchy fried shallots and garnished with a bit of truffle oil. It was creamy and well seasoned, with a nice hint of freshly ground black pepper. The sandwich, served grilled on brown bread, was very tasty, although I wished the slice of Brie had been a bit more generous-- it was such a small sliver that it only lended some creaminess, not its own flavor. The flop of the meal was a syrupy sweet mocktail, which tasted like peach jello mix. Truly awful. They also brought a bread basket with warmed rolls, more brown bread, and some cumin studded crunchy breadsticks, and I took one bite of the roll just to taste, and it seemed less than fresh in flavor and texture. I would definitely return, for the soup and to try something else! The menu is interesting, and the staff was very efficient and lovely.

Jul 17, 2014
MissVeg in India & South Asia

Flavors of Italy- Delhi

I had a great meal a few weeks ago at Flavors near the Moolchand Flyover-- some think this restaurant is past it's prime but I really enjoyed it.
I had the gazpacho to start- the flavors were right on but it had been puréed and was a bit foamy on top- a bit strange but cooling in this heat.
I then had ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta, in a light tomato sauce, and these were delectable! The homemade pasta was very thin and delicate, the filling well seasoned, and the sauce flavorful and fresh. To end, I had the tiramisu, which was quite tasty, although it used slightly dry sponge cake instead of ladyfingers. However, the freshness of the marscapone was front and center, not overpowered by coffee or liqueur, which is just how I like it.
I know there are trendier places in town for Italian, but this remains a reasonably prices favorite.

Jul 17, 2014
MissVeg in India & South Asia

Hong Kong Dim Sum at 8 or 9am on a Monday morning?

Luk Yu might be a bit traditional for me... As a recovering vegetarian who only occasionally indulges, I'm not that adventurous- no organs, no feet, etc. But it might be worth it for the tea and atmosphere alone.

Any thoughts on the boiled dumplings or the sichuan? I know about the boards favorites for sichuan, but I do wonder about how to taste a bunch of dishes when I'm dining alone.

Thanks for the responses! I love following this board. Some day I'll fly Singapore instead of Cathay and then get some more suggestions from you, Klyeoh!

Hong Kong Dim Sum at 8 or 9am on a Monday morning?

Hi Charles,
Thanks for your response. I went to Tim Ho Wan last year on my home bound layover- they also don't open until 11 or so- or at least at their airport express location. I'll probably stop there to get some to go for the trip to Delhi, where I return to my penitent vegetarian ways. While I enjoyed their pineapple pork buns for the price point, the quality couldn't compare with fu sing.
Alternatively, maybe I'll just cha chaan teng it for a bun and tea in the am and hit fu sing later after a bit of shopping...

Hong Kong Dim Sum at 8 or 9am on a Monday morning?

Hello Chowhounds,,
I have two long layovers in HK this summer on my way from sfo-del and back, and once again, I hope to eat some amazing food.

Last time you steered me to Fu Sing, where I had the most amazing pork-fest in the universe- steamed pork buns, bo lo pork buns, and of course, a plate of the amazing cha siu. They also brought out an amazing pomelo mango cream dessert at the end- it was glorious!
Now, I am thinking of a return visit, but I have a busy day planned, and I arrive to the city quite early, and they don't open until 11am.
Do you have any suggestions of where I can have a similarly spectacular dim sum pork fest at 8am? (I feel gluttonous just typing 8am pork fest!)
I don't speak a lick of Cantonese or mandarin, so that may be an issue where some places are concerned. And while I love a good whole in the wall, in June and August, I'd love some AC.

My other request is for a good boiled pork and chive dumpling, more northern style I know...but there must be a tasty spot in HK? Any that open in the morning? Or else I could grab a late bite there before I catch my flight...

And one more-- is there a sichuan place that I could work with to put together a tasting menu for 1 for a lunch or dinner in August?

Thanks as always for your generous help!
-The vegetarian who meat binges in HK

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I've found them quite bland in the past, but I'm curious to see what you think.

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I happen to love Cholita Linda's fish tacos-- the fish is so fresh and and moist, and the chile crema sauce gives it a perfect kick. Thankfully, its not too much cabbage, either. I could eat them every day; it's far and away my favorite fish taco in the east bay-- in Marin I like The Taco Guys Truck and in the city I like the fish tacos Nick's Way at The Taco Shop at Underdogs. I think the carnitas at Cholita Linda is delicious too., and my husband raved about the chicken. It's funny how the decor is SO similar to Sol Food in San Rafael down to the numbers that you take to your seat- are the businesses connected in any way?

Fish Tacos - SF Dish of the Month March 2014

I went to Baja Taqueria on Piedmont Ave. last Friday and got two fish tacos. The batter on the fish was really crunchy, almost like breading, and the pieces of fish were small so I couldn't taste any fish inside-- it was just crunchy. Coupled with a bit too much cabbage, brightly colored but flavorless salsa fresca, and a little crema, as well as a thinly sliced radish or two on two fresh corn tortillas, I actually found the whole thing bland and flavorless. It wasn't bad- just sort of more about the texture than flavor. I won't go back again, especially with Cholita Linda so close by.

SF Dish of the Month (March 2014) - Nominations/Voting

FISH TACOS (in honor of Cholita Linda's opening in Temescal)

Weezy's Grass Fed Shed Opens in Mill Valley

I drove past the place on Miller Ave that used to house Hawk's Tavern and before that, Dish. Looks like Weezy's is now open.
Add that to Pearl's, Super Duper, In-and-Out, and the new Smash Burger opening soon, and it seems like Mill Valley is drowning in burgers.
I'll report back once I've eaten there, but I know the one in Terra Linda has its fans.

Hong Kong Question

Well, it's good to talk to another SF 'hound. I'm looking forward to seeing how Yank Sing compares to dim sum in HK. I know YS is controversial on the Bay Area boards, but my family loves it.

Hong Kong Question

Klyeoh, I loved reading your Delhi posts. I will be in Delhi for just under two weeks and I will try to follow your good example and post whenever possible!

Hong Kong Question

Excellent! I'm very excited for my pork fest. Is there a particular green veg dish you would recommend if I start feeling guilty? Do you think trying the XLB is a good idea for a DTF comparison, or should I spare my stomach?
I'm dreaming of dim sum!

Hong Kong Question

I think I want to stay more mid-range, so maybe I'll do tea somewhere else (perhaps a tea shop like ming cha), although I think I'll be so hot that icy drinks will appeal more. Hotel restaurants are often a bit too upmarket-- as it is, I'm living it up on my humble academic salary!

Hong Kong Question

Have you ever been by yourself?

Hong Kong Question

Will Fu Sing, DTF, THW or Lei Gardens have a variety of teas? Or is there somewhere else you would recommend I go for a tea tasting?
And how many dishes of dim sum can a person with a hearty appetite order without drawing stares? : )

Hong Kong Question

I will definitely do this on my way home!
Any reason to do the Lei Gardens at Elements in Kowloon rather than IFC in Hong Kong? And is there duck I could have there for one person?

Hong Kong Question

Thanks Lau! I've already done so much cross-referencing that I'd already seen your excellent post on Fu Sing-- it's partly the reason I chose it! Bloggers and this board give Fu Sing high praise. I might end up having a total pork-fest! I will definitely order cha siu and the polo cha siu bao, but I'm also a lover of steamed cha siu bao and the pork belly (I don't know what the Chinese name is), and I kind of want to be able to do a comparison between the xiao long bao at Fu Sing and Ding Tai Fung. However, if I order 4 to 5 pork dishes by myself, I will either start oinking or I will need to take a nap on the floor! I suppose some vegetables would be nice, but since I'm heading off to India for 5 weeks where I eat exclusively vegetarian, one day of a pork feed should get balanced out! Do I need to specify the fattiness of the cut for the cha siu?
Not sure I'm a wonton soup fan due to the shrimp-- it's a texture thing for me, I know, fussy fussy, but that's what happens when you've been veggie for so long.
I'm so excited for my trip! Now I just have to get through grading all these essays!

Hong Kong Question

Thank you, Professor Wu!
I've read every post on this board about HK back to 2009, so it's a bit of a thrill to get a response from you! I do love going to markets-- it's always part of my travels wherever I go. Perhaps I'll be able to pick up a gift for my friends in Delhi as well-- last trip I bought them olive oil from California. I'd love to pick up some lovely Chinese tea for them, and perhaps some colorful candy for their kids.

This will be my third long layover in HK; I did it in 2005 and wandered around-- it was March and not too hot and I did more sightseeing than eating (before my true foodie days), and another time in 2011 in June, when the heat was brutal and I walked up a huge hill trying to find the zoological gardens. The rest of my day was spent divided between Sense of Touch Spa in LKF and at the lovely Flagstaff museum of tea, where I ate wonderful vegetarian dim sum and drank a from a well-chosen tea menu. Now that I eat meat occasionally, I'm a bit more cautious about where I go and how I communicate. I do like to explore the city a bit each time, so depending on how my flight goes in PE on Cathay, I may be up for a (small) adventure!
Hopefully I can also find spots for local iced delicacies, like lemon tea and Boba tea with fresh fruit to cool me down,

One more question: on my returning flight, I have only 5 hours (9am to 2pm) so regretfully, I will probably not go into the city. I will probably want to gorge myself with cha siu bao one last time. Any airport recommendations?