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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.

Mar 10, 2014
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

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?

Mar 09, 2014
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Mar 09, 2014
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

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

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

Feb 23, 2014
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area
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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.

Jun 05, 2013
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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!

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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!

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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!

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Question

Have you ever been by yourself?

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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? : )

Jun 02, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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?

Jun 01, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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!

Jun 01, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

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?

Jun 01, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

Crab in a restaurant TONIGHT with two out of three mothers-in-law in SF or East Bay

We ended up going to Fish in Sausalito. It was delicious and everyone was happy.

Jun 01, 2013
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Hong Kong Question

I'm struggling with the same thing. I'm spending a day in HK on a long layover in early July. I'm solo, Caucasian with no Chinese language skills, and though I really like Chinese food (I live in SF and eat various regional cuisines regularly), I'm also a recovering vegetarian so while I will eat meat, I won't eat anything like organs or feet. I really want to do dim sum for an early lunch and DTF for an early dinner.
Do you think I'd be okay at Fu Sing? Do I need to make a reservation or can I just show up right at opening at 11 on a weekday? And is the Wan Chai locale much better than Causeway Bay?
Otherwise, I might do THW at the IFC in the morning just for pork buns and DTF at 4:30ish before heading back to the airport. Feedback appreciated!

Jun 01, 2013
MissVeg in China & Southeast Asia

Crab in a restaurant TONIGHT with two out of three mothers-in-law in SF or East Bay

Hi,
Two of my mothers-in-law (llong story) are visiting us in Mill Valley this weekend and we wan to take them out for some crab tonight. I'm guessing they'd prefer an Italian or more basic preparation over Asian, and of course, we didn't make reservations.
Right now I'm deciding between Woodhouse or Pacific Cafe, but any other recommendations in that vein would be great. Looking to keep the price point at or below 50 buckeroos pp- no alcohol.
Thanks!

Dec 29, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream?

You've given me hope! Will they pack a pint or quart? I hope they are open tomorrow!

Dec 23, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream?

Since I'm from Boston, Christmas was always the time for peppermint stick ice cream and Brigham's hot fudge. Where can I buy a pint or quart of premium peppermint stick ice cream here? Prefer Marin but willing to travel to SF or East Bay! Safeway had a "light" version which I may have to resort to if there are no alternatives. Whole Foods and Mollie Stone's were a no go.
Thanks for helping me with this!

Dec 23, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Dish of the Month (Dec 2012) - Voting

DAN DAN MIEN, please!

Dec 01, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to Find Super Lucky Brand Dan Dan Sauce?

Hi 'hounds,
Has anyone seen Super Lucky brand Dan Dan sauce anywhere in the Bay Area? We've tried 2 other brands from Ranch 99 and we've been disappointed...
Thanks for your help!

Nov 25, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Chocolate pot de creme or mousse in the East Bay or Marin?

I'm open to the city too. Anyone tried it at Absinthe?

Oct 19, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Chocolate pot de creme or mousse in the East Bay or Marin?

Major craving...any advice appreciated. I tend to prefer a creamier milk type chocolate over something dark and bitter, but I'm open to suggestions. Thank you!

Oct 18, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Amber Dhara on Valencia report [San Francisco]

Last night three of us went to the new Amber Dhara in the Mission. My friend arrived at about 7:10, asked for a table for 7:30, and waited for us to arrive. We got there and sat with him at the bar a few minutes later. There was a private party upstairs so that seating area was closed, but ere we're open tables downstairs. 7:30 came and went. At about 7:45 we reminded the host that we were all here. 8:30 came and went. Finally, at about 8:45 we asked the host again what was going on. They seated us immediately. Apparently they had forgotten us. The upside was that we tried nearly every drink on the ayurvedically inspired cocktail menu.
Cocktails:
Darjeeling Limited, whiskey based iced tea drink, very refreshing and easy drinking, not complex
Blessed monk: vodka based, pink and herbal with a hint of citrus, tasty but I could have done without the crunchy bits of lemongrass floating in it...I think it would be nicer strained or with a lemongrass infusion
Cocky Sultan: bourbon based, one of my favorites but less exotic
Spice Market: Rum based, and between the tamarind and spices this tasted like some kind of chaat to me--interesting but I wouldn't want to drink a whole glass of it
Queen's Conquest: their take on a gin and tonic. We had two of these; the first was very strong with three lichees as a garnish (a definite highlight) and the second had more mixers in it and had a measly one litchee. Tasty but inconsistent.
Food (we went veggie, so no comment on the meat dishes)
Papad basket: tasty but very strange texture...not crunchy and unpleasantly chewy. Were they undercooked? Stale? Three different kinds of papad: one plain, one with cumin, one with pepper (spicy). Served with three chutneys which I didn't try.
Baluchi Baingan: 5 tiny slices of fried eggplant with various drizzled sauces on it, which was absolutely delicious...perhaps my favorite dish of the night. I was underwhelmed by the portion, but it was an appetizer.
Cilantro Fingers: jenga like presentation of small rectangles of crunchy on the outside, sawdust on the inside. They lacked flavor and felt dry.
Garlic Chili Paneer Tikka: four slices of wonderfully flavorful paneer cooked in the tandoor. The texture of the paneer was perfect...another favorite of the evening.
Portobello Mushrooom Chatpatta: just tasted like a grilled mushroom...nice and juicy, but uninspired. A miss that I wouldn't try again.
Paneer Till Ke Tukde: Paneer squares pressed with black and white sesame seeds and served over a tikka masala type sauce...thick, tomato based, not creamy, very tasty but a bit on the salty side. I enjoyed the crunchy texture of the outside of the paneer and I thought it was tasty with the sauce. I liked the paneer from the tandoor better.
Amber dal: black lentils (urud dal)-- basically a dal makhni without the rajma (kidney beans), I'd order it again in a heartbeat. Tasty, creamy, earthy...delicious.
Bread basket: naan, pea sprout khulcha, and lacha paratha. Everything was fresh and hot, the paratha was a little too chewy for my taste, but had nice layers--the khulcha was my favorite.
Dessert: 3 cups of pleasant but very mildly spiced lukewarm chai (unsweetened) and one order of
rasmalai, which tasted good but was a bit chalky and dry in texture.

The table next to us complained about their dry biryani and got comped some dessert wine. I would have liked to tell the staff what we loved and asked for hotter chai, but no one asked how things were going all night, and they seemed too busy and rushed to take the time to check in.
We were hoping for a more lounge like atmosphere...it felt pretty restauranty to us. The service was pleasant if a bit bumbling and rushed, but it was only the second Saturday night they've been open.
All in all, I don't feel a pressing need to go back, but perhaps I'm more of a hole in the wall girl at heart.
Looking forward to hearing what others think...

Aug 05, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

August 2012 San Francisco Dish of the Month: Voting Thread - TIE BREAKER

CHANNA BATURA. In honor of Indian independence day, August 15.

Jul 31, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

birthday dinner for mom in San Rafael or Novato?

I think Il Davide would be lovely for a birthday dinner. I've only been there once but I loved my gnudi and we had a delicious gnocchi appetizer. 89! That's terrific.

Jul 23, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Thai Tea Leaves in the East Bay?

It's a reddish orange colored box with a yellow diagonal stripe that says Thai Tea on it--the brand is Taste Nirvana. It does have food coloring but it tastes exactly like Thai tea from restaurants. I just brewed some up and drank it iced with sugar (which I added when it was hot) and it was so tasty that I didn't even add the condensed milk.

Jul 22, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Thai Tea Leaves in the East Bay?

I bought Thai tea bags at Ranch 99. Not sure about loose leaf, though.

Jul 22, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

August 2012 San Francisco Dish of the Month: Nomination Thread

CHANNA BATURA (because what's more delicious than deep fried bread?)

Jul 21, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday dinner advice? Great fish or duck, tasty cocktails and homey desserts...

Perhaps my husband could be convinced to have a lunch of onion soup and cocktails at Absinthe and dinner at Rivoli...

Jun 24, 2012
MissVeg in San Francisco Bay Area