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Milpitas Square, 2014

Well, it is run by a cult... ;)

Mar 30, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Best pizza in the East Bay

I was referring more to the "best of breed" part - but to be fair to Zachary's, their dough is typically more cooked (and the pizza less soggy) than the deep-dish pizza in Chicago (from my limited experience).

Mar 30, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Milpitas Square, 2014

Nutrition House has excellent Northern Chinese food. I've heard Liang's Kitchen has good Taiwanese food, but I've not been.

Mar 30, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Best pizza in the East Bay

No Zachary's?

Mar 30, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Ong/Ung Choy or Gai Lan on the Menu?

Cooking Papa (both locations) has the ong choy with preserved bean curd on their specials menu when it's in season (which seems to be summer / fall?). Other than that, you generally have to ask, like Melanie said. I know Little Shanghai in San Mateo has had it in the past as well. Also R&B Seafood in Palo Alto.

Mar 23, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Gambrel & Co [Redwood City]

A new butcher in Redwood City - anyone been?

http://www.gambrelandco.com/

Mar 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Washington

IMO dimsum is better here but only marginally so... depending on how much the OP likes dimsum, it may not be different enough to warrant a visit. At least for Yank Sing (which is kind of like normal dimsum in a slightly fancier environment).

Of if you were going to go for a non-traditional dimsum, Hakkasan would be something that Seattle definitely doesn't have.

I completely agree that SF has a better selection of high end dining though. Pretty much the only comparable place near Seattle is Willows Inn.

Mar 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting from Washington

It's not the same (I'm a fan of Corallo too), but Seattle does have the Theo chocolate factory tour.

Mar 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Smitten Ice Cream now open at Whole Foods Los Altos

Tried it out last night - got the earl gray with milk chocolate chips. Having now tried Smitten at both their Hayes Valley and Los Altos locations, I'm pretty sure I prefer Cryo in Burlingame and Scoop in Palo Alto. The earl gray ice cream was okay in flavor, but the texture was off in a bad way - as if the cream had separated from the tea or something, giving it a greasy, grainy mouthfeel. Sort of like when you eat super old chocolate.

Feb 16, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a good team outing spot... [San Francisco]

S&R Lounge at Hotel Zetta might be fun:

http://www.viceroyhotelgroup.com/en/z...

Feb 10, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

Bummer... sorry for the false alarm :| Guess my friend was mistaken...

Feb 09, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Fogo de Chao in SJ (opening this month)

Ah, got it. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

I've heard (but not yet confirmed), that the Cupertino location started serving customers this weekend.

Feb 08, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

The Village Pub, Woodside - Kids

If you're considering SF, then perhaps State Bird Provisions... seems like the most casual starred restaurant around here.

FWIW, I think your 4-year old would be fine at Village Pub provided they're well-behaved (as in, the other diners wouldn't be hearing your child). I've seen families with children (though not sure if any were that young), at brunch.

Feb 06, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Fogo de Chao in SJ (opening this month)

Are the Fogo's in Brazil different than the ones here?

Feb 06, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Urgently need source for freshly-made Taiwanese guabao style steamed buns -- Millbrae to SF

Oh interesting... I hadn't heard that distinction made before. In general, it seems like it's more popular now to identify Chinese things as Taiwanese - beef noodle soup comes to mind. Good to know there's actually a difference in this case!

Feb 02, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Urgently need source for freshly-made Taiwanese guabao style steamed buns -- Millbrae to SF

Out of curiosity, what distinguishes the Taiwanese ones from the normal Chinese ones (i.e. the ones used for Peking duck)?

Feb 01, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

New cafe / bakery from Station 1 folks to open in Redwood City (Kristie Marie's)

http://www.almanacnews.com/news/2014/...

Looks like it's scheduled to be opening in April.

Feb 01, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Barrone expansion: Menlo Park

That sounds great... on a side note, I wish Cafe Borrone would bring back their "Works" turkey sandwich (with cream cheese and cranberry sauce). I loved it!

Jan 28, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Pacific Mall coming to Milpitas

Curious to see how this turns out - anyone been to the one in Toronto?

Jan 26, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

XLB and SJB at Shanghai Dumpling in Cupertino

Haha, so am I!

Jan 20, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

XLB and SJB at Shanghai Dumpling in Cupertino

Ah, good to know!

Jan 17, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

XLB and SJB at Shanghai Dumpling in Cupertino

It's to the right of QQ Noodle... last time I saw it was a couple weeks ago (didn't look like much progress had been made unfortunately). I think the signs still have the old business but there is Chinese writing on paper posted in the windows that indicates it will be a roast duck restaurant.

Jan 17, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Farm raised salmon Whole Foods or Costco

I don't know that this would be statistically significant, but I've found worms in WF salmon twice now. I buy salmon from Costco less but have not found worms there.

Jan 13, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh Black Cod/Sablefish/Butterfish

I'd try an Asian market - I've seen whole black cod at 99 Ranch before.

Dec 30, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

85C Bakery Cafe, Newark report w/ PICS

Oh, *that's* the mochi egg tart? Ha... I had and didn't even realize... I thought it was just a normal Portuguese egg tart.

Dec 29, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Specific Cantonese/Chinese/Malaysian Request near Milpitas/San Jose Border

Not Cantonese and not fancy, but Nutrition House in Milpitas might be worth a look if you want to venture to the northern end of Chinese cuisine. Pretty sure they have some soft items and they have large tables as well.

Dec 22, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

85C Bakery Cafe, Newark report w/ PICS

Oh interesting... we were there a week ago, around dinner time on Saturday night. The wait was maybe 5 minutes to get to the pastries, if that... and maybe another 5 to purchase. But we did go there because we figured it'd be less crowded around dinner time.

Dec 13, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

85C Bakery Cafe, Newark report w/ PICS

Finally got to try it out - the taro marble bun is pretty good as Chandavki mentioned. I also liked the raisin milk bun a lot. The Portuguese egg custard tart was good but not particularly notable.

Regardless of the pastry, I think one of the keys is to loiter around until one of the bakers brings out a new batch of something - to die for when they are fresh, warm, and almost gooey.

Dec 13, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

XLB and SJB at Shanghai Dumpling in Cupertino

Yea, I'm with you on calling the pleated side the top!

In addition to QQ Noodle, I think there's a Beijing roast duck restaurant that is preparing to open next door as well!

Nov 16, 2013
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area
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