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Uni in Santa Barbara

Yes - I ended up at the Hungry Cat by accident = they had live uni on the menu that night - I was in town for the SB Fermentation Festival and didn't have a chance to get to a market to get a tray....Thanks for all tips!

Jul 27, 2014
takuhead in California

Gluten-free fish and chips?

not officially tested yet
She seems ok with trace amounts once in a while - strict adherence to contamination issues is not required at this point...so her immune response is tricky to figure out...

Gluten-free fish and chips?

great tip = thanks!

$1 Oysters on the half shell (Palo Alto)

Sam's Chowder house has $1 oysters on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 to 7pm....they had blue points last week and few weeks before that they had Hama Hama

Quite tasty - several other good deals on the happy hour appetizers as well. Polenta fries were a bit disappointing...more like Polenta wedges - they are at least 1 inch long rectangles - not very crispy at all.

Gluten-free fish and chips?

I've got a friend with a huge hankering for fish and chips or clams and chips - is there any place in the South Bay that offers this?

Uni in Santa Barbara

One of my all time favorite foods to eat is Uni and I know Santa Barbara is the source of some of the best around...
I"m heading down this weekend from the bay area to SB and would love to score a tray or two of this amazing delicacy.
Advice on where to find some is greatly appreciated.

Jul 17, 2014
takuhead in California

Homemade Frozen Dumpling close to Palo Alto?

They sell some at the Mountain View Farmer's market on Sundays

Edible Bugs?

thanks - how were the wax larva tacos?

Edible Bugs?

I'm intrigued from reading the book EDIBLE: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

Any chowhounds know where to find insects being served locally in the bay area?

Hunan Garden as Mandarin Roots (Palo Alto)

There was this article in the Palo Alto Weekly last week
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/blogs/p...

Hunan Garden as Mandarin Roots (Palo Alto)

Has anyone have a report on the rebirth of Hunan Garden as Mandarin Roots - They officially opened last Saturday. Supposedly a fusion of Chinese, Japanese and more?

Cooking Papa (Mountain View)

I took my two kids today for an early lunch - they love dim sum - there are no carts - you pick out what you want to eat on a menu with check boxes. We ordered the shrimp dumplings, BBQ Pork Buns and Pan Fried Shrimp and Chive dumplings.

It was fairly busy - most tables were full except for about 4 large round tables. Our order took over 20 minutes to arrive for the first dumplings...the last set of dumplings took over 40 minutes to arrive

The Shrimp Dumplings and BBQ Pork Buns were mediocre at best. The Shrimp and Chive pan fried - one of our favorites were not at all good - they were green for some reason on the wrapper - not much chives inside or shrimp - mostly chopped up meat - pork? I've never seen these made that way - I tasted one - awful - we asked to be sure we got the right order....they assured us that they did.
We also tried the rice noodle soup with shrimp dumplings - I highly doubt that broth was not from a can - very salty and no flavor - a very flat dish.
Pretty pricey too compared to Fu La Lum in Mountain View.
Kids didn't want to go back and try anything else...

Currywurst Mountain View Area

Perhaps check at Ditmers in Los Altos?

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/

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...

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

Great report - did they offer a gluten free ramen?

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

Saw them at TJs today in Menlo Park 1.49 a can

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

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

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!

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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?

Ambience Restaurant Los Altos

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