t

takuhead's Profile

Title Last Reply

FRESH chicken in Palo Alto

Fiesta farms has a chicken CSA and they have a drop point in Palo Alto. They also sell at the Sunnyvale farmer's market on Saturday.

http://fiestafarm.net/

Apr 16, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Ham for Easter

I saw a couple listed on Good Eggs - their website is goodeggs.com

They had three different places listed for Easter ham
Fallon Hills, Fatted Calf and one from Prather Ranch
Price ranges from $33 to $75
I ordered the Fallon Hills Smoked boneless ham to try next week...

Apr 10, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Kansui Ramen in San Jose [Goat Pastrami, Pumpernickel Noodles, Willow Glen]

Great report - did they offer a gluten free ramen?

Apr 09, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Gambrel & Co [Redwood City]

I popped in today for a peek - not a huge range to choose from but a cow and a pig are coming in midweek - so there should be more in the case on Thursday. I saw three types of pork sausage - one spicy, one plain and one beerwurst - I think that was what Steven said...

I saw a several Bear Valley Meat logos with some of the cuts. Looks fresh and nicely marbled.

He also commented that they plain on add BN Ranch in a few months - once that whole fiasco with the processing place gets sorted.
I'm planning on coming back after the new meat is ready.

Mar 15, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

Not very good IMO - texture was odd - I ended up tossing them after eating a few....

But I did discover pretty good ones at the Draegers in San Mateo - in the cheese/meat deli area - and they are quite reasonable in price - $17.95 a pound.
Been back there twice now...need to restock again lol

Feb 20, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Supermarket to buy shishamo (Japanese smelt fish) in San Jose area?

no -they were already cleaned with the head off...but under $8 a pound - I sauteed some with ghee, garlic for breakfast - delish!

Feb 17, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Supermarket to buy shishamo (Japanese smelt fish) in San Jose area?

I've seen fresh smelt at whole foods in Cupertino on Sunday

Feb 17, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Crown Prince or similar canned anchovies 5/10/12-pack cheap?

Saw them at TJs today in Menlo Park 1.49 a can

Feb 07, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

The ones from Mollie Stones are by a company called Matiz - I haven't tasted that one yet...

Feb 04, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

Update: I got some at the Rock of Gibraltar in Menlo Park - the store next to the restaurant Iberia - by the pound at $53 per pound - imported from Italy - vinegar, salt and sunflower oil.

I also found some at Mollie Stones - prepackaged - drained weight of 3.5 ounces for $14.99

Whole foods in Palo Alto and Los Altos don't carry it.

So pretty pricey stuff...if you find a more affordable option - please do share!

Feb 04, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area
1

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

I am hoping to find some locally to buy - they don't have to be from local catch....the ones I had were imported from Italy - of course locally caught would be even better - I did check whole foods in Los Altos and no go...
they used to carry them - I asked but the company changed their ingredients so Whole Foods dropped them as an item...the fishmonger there thought that Nob Hill might have them...I'm off to hunt today - maybe Milk Pail? Or Draegers?
I'll give the place in Menlo Park that another poster recommended to see if they have them...I'll report back

Feb 04, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

I'm not telling unless you promise to bring some to the southbay :)

At the San Francisco Fish Company - absolutely addicting

Feb 03, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area
1

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

Anyone know where I can find something like this closer to Palo Alto?

I bought something like this at the Ferry Building on Saturday - they were delicious while they lasted - I should have bought more....
http://www.amazon.com/White-Anchovies...

Feb 03, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a great restaurant to convert a non-fish eating person in the South Bay

Maybe start with something easy like dim sum - shrimp dumplings with cilantro or greens...you get a bit of fish without really seeing it look fishy...
just a thought...

Jan 19, 2014
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Odori Sushi and Teppanyaki [Palo Alto]

I saw the sign announcing it's grand opening - on El Camino near the corner of Stanford Ave in Palo Alto

Anyone know anything about this place? I can't find a website for it yet...

Dec 17, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area
1

Ambience Restaurant Los Altos

but it doesn't say who it is and there are no active links to the reviews - at least not on the browser I am using...
They do tell you the address if you call - it's on the recording...on state street

I would love to know the sourcing on the items - wonder if the place will be full tomorrow on their first night?

Aug 14, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Ambience Restaurant Los Altos

Anyone know anything about this new restaurant?
Looks super pricey but the tasting menu sounds really interesting
http://www.ambiencefinedininglosaltos...

Aug 10, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Sous-vide egg: California Avenue Farmers' Market in Palo Alto

Price?

Aug 04, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

hapa ramen (ferry building) report [San Francisco]

this is probably an odd question - but since finding out that gluten can no longer be part of my diet - I am missing out on the whole ramen experience - have you ever seen a place offering them with rice noodles? Or I guess I could order without the noodles...that just seems so sad though....

Jul 22, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Tacolicious comes to Palo Alto

We ate here last night - and it certainly now has blaring music. I asked the hostess as she was seating us (promptly at 5pm on Sat) if they could turn it down a bit...she answered, "what?" And I asked again quite loudly, again with the "what?" - she couldn't hear me...so I said exactly - it's too loud that's why you can't hear what I am saying...she said she would look into it - so that was a no. The music kept glaring...it was challenging for us to figure out what to order since we had to scream at each other at a 4-top in order to negotiate which tacos to try....
It was fairly empty - just a few people at the bar....we got our order in....we tried the guacamole ($8.50), refried beans, and the chili con queso and the 10 tacos for $33 deal.

We chose to try the chicken, beef and carnitas (3 of each) and one cheese with nopales. The carnitas was pretty good...the chicken and beef tasted the same...and the nopales with cheese was bland and boring...

Salsa and chips were good - but not a very large portion for 4 people..and they did not offer refills and we could not get the attention of the server to ask for more...

We ended up leaving three of beef/chicken tacos since they just tasted like sauce and not the meat...no one wanted them...

It got louder and louder as the meal progressed and people came in to eat....my kids who can make and tolerate a lot of noise were anxious to leave...so we did while DH tracked down our check...

A huge bummer - we were hoping for a decent place to get sustainable sourced meats, etc....

I'm guessing we won't be returning...
And they do have two large screen TVs over the bar...so that also a drawback for me - I prefer a TV free dining experience which is harder and harder to find at more casual eateries in the area...

Apr 14, 2013
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Decent sushi - mostly for sashimi that is open for lunch on Saturday, Dec 22?

Somewhere between Palo Alto and San Jose would be great!

Thanks for any leads.

Dec 21, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto / Sunnyvale greater area restaurant suggestions

What happened to my post of Chantilly?
Yikes?

Never mind - now I see it - weird it wasn't there a second ago...

Sep 30, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Palo Alto / Sunnyvale greater area restaurant suggestions

Chantilly in Redwood City - a great $30 prix fixe menu
Calamari steak is amazing - so is lamb shank - great caesar salad....creme carmel...
excellent service - we don't eat gluten so can't comment on the pasta dishes...
they are very accommodating to special requests - get the calamari without the flour coating - seriously the most flavorful and tender version I've ever had.
Very old school with professional Italian waiters - long stem rose for the ladies when you leave...

Sep 30, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh local (maybe organic?) restaurants in Sunnyvale/ Mountain View area

Ask questions at Lyfe - I went in there hoping for just an organic egg with some cheese on it - and no go - they only get egg batter delivered - no actual eggs that you can crack - and mostly it's egg white batter
Plus stuff that would seem to be gluten free is not - like the sweet potato fries and the chicken soft tacos on corn tortillas....
We were very unimpressed with this place with a focus on total calories and soy in lots of stuff - low fat emphasis - no understanding of real whole foods and nutrient density...so we don't eat there...plus the food just tastes mediocre and is pricey...so not worth it IMHO
This place is ready to be scaled into a chain....

Sep 16, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh local (maybe organic?) restaurants in Sunnyvale/ Mountain View area

I went in briefly the other day to hopefully chat with Charlie - usually he will stay and chat a moment - he took off to the back quickly when he saw me come in...I asked the barista about the beef - he still thought they had grassfed...I will try to make an appt with Charlie to get clarification - in the meantime - we no longer eat there since I don't want to eat conventional beef and don't trust whatever other proteins they got...

Like bayareagirl2001 - I feel so bad about singing their praises as a good place to eat to my customers over the past few years - glad I didn't end up adding them to my cookbook I just finished - I do have a food resources guide in the back with many bay area locales for getting true grassfed and pastured meat - but no restaurants....it's sad that our choices for the area are now one less when there just isn't that many to choose from...

I've been delaying blogging about it partly hoping that they rectify the situation soon and also to be sure that i have first hand confirmation of the facts - I really don't want to slam a local restaurant without reason...

Any recommendations for tried and true sources to places to eat out at in the area with menu items that would suit the more Paley-oriented eater?

Sep 16, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Help with Diet Restrictions

That is so disturbing bayareagirl2001 - I am going in there tomorrow to confirm.,,that just sickens me that they are purposely misleading their customers..and now I have lost another place to eat - we often order that filet because I thought it was grassfed and finished - not just given grass when it was quite young
IMO there is no such thing as a cow being mature enough to handle grains - they are ruminants and their stomachs are not suited to grains at all...

What a huge disappointment...

Sep 04, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Straits Cafe in Palo Alto has changed to Indo Restaurant and Lounge on sign

Anyone know what's going on here - changed ownership? Saw the sign change the other day...

Aug 10, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Place for organic bulk foods in Silicon Valley?

It's called Country Sun Health Foods on California Ave

Jul 21, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Place for organic bulk foods in Silicon Valley?

Actually Sigona's in the stanford mall does have beans and flour in bulk - right by the cash registers near the olive oils - not where the bulk nuts and fruit are...

And right now there is 20% off the bins/bulk area at Whole Foods....

Jul 18, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area

Any Authentic Japanese Restaurants in Peninsula or South Bay?

You have to put in a lot of effort to get a spot at Wakuriya or so yelp says...

Jul 15, 2012
takuhead in San Francisco Bay Area