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NEW: Chino in the Mission, SF - Menu has XLB & open daily until 1AM, any reports yet?

We went around 8pm on Saturday... wait was 1+ hours for a table, but we were lucky enough to score seating at the bar (which seemed to be an everybody-for-themselves situation).

about 9 hours ago
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Neufield Farms Fresh Goji Berries at Healdsburg Farmers Market

Thanks - will try that...

about 11 hours ago
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Chino in the Mission, SF - Menu has XLB & open daily until 1AM, any reports yet?

Can't tell if their execution has improved since earlier visits by you fine folks, but I tried it out on Saturday and really enjoyed my meal there.

We got the cold sesame noodles, XLB, dumplings, lamb skewers, and green tea soft serve.

All were delicious... the XLB were very solidly executed, absolutely no fault could be found. The skin wasn't too mushy and held up well, plenty of soup, etc. The dumplings were pretty tasty - the filling was on the more solid / meaty side.

The green tea dessert was really good - reminded me of the green tea gelato at Marco Polo. I'm so glad they didn't make it overly sweet.

I found the ambiance pretty interesting as it's the only restaurant I can think of that is more Asian-American than Asian in theme. A welcome addition to the scene in my book!

about 11 hours ago
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Neufield Farms Fresh Goji Berries at Healdsburg Farmers Market

Amazing!! How were they? I so want to go and get some, but it's a big 2-hour gamble if it's off and on :(

about 12 hours ago
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date? [San Francisco]

I suppose on how well you know the person you're going on the first date with. If it were a blind date or something, I'd much prefer somewhere less intimate so that it's less painful if it isn't a good fit.

Jul 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date? [San Francisco]

Second this, or the restaurant...

Jul 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Fish and Chips for F and C Friday?

Yup, loved it... can't fathom why anyone wouldn't like it unless it was on the basis of price (or they don't like fish and chips).

Jul 05, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

stone fruit 2014 bad season?

Seems about the same as last year to me... I got some really good fruit from K&J just last weekend.

Jul 02, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

richmond costco selling hawaii poke today

I think quite a few Costcos in the Bay Area regularly sell poke... at least I feel like I see it all the time...

Jun 29, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

What does "eating healthy" mean anymore?

I'm so curious - what foods contributed to the disease? (so I don't make the same mistake...)

Jun 25, 2014
mr_darcy in General Topics

Palo Alto/Menlo Park rant

If you like Blue Bottle, there's one in the AOL building in PA. Also, I don't know if they make espresso or cappuccino, but people like Philz (two locations in PA) for coffee as well.

Jun 25, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Pacific Catch and Paul Martin- new in Mountain View- any feedback?

I like Pacific Catch a lot - the one in Mountain View is pretty much the same as the one in San Mateo (and I would imagine others as well). The portions are fairly generous - it's a very solid, reliable place for a casual meal.

Jun 23, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Locally made boba/tapioca balls??

That used to be the case - but sadly, there are now more and more reports of issues with Taiwanese products as well. It appears they've caught up!

Jun 20, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Ike's at Stanford -- Closed

Thank goodness - I thought I was the only one. That place is atrocious...

Jun 14, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Cotton Candy Grapes

Anyone tried it?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

I just picked up a bag from Whole Foods and was pleasantly surprised - definitely a cotton candy flavor at first (though it fades away pretty quickly).

Jun 09, 2014
mr_darcy in General Topics

Beijing Duck House (Cupertino)

Glad to know I'm not the only one who loathes the Korean version... there is never enough meat, and the flavor is completely off!

For what it's worth, as someone who did grow up with the Chinese version, I did like the zha jiang mian a lot. Although I think the version at House of Pancakes in SF is slightly better (if nothing else, for the more delicate noodles).

I meant to post this earlier, but for those who are interested, here's a picture of the Beijing specialities section of the menu (and some other pictures of food). The food was pretty good overall, though the lamb soup was very under-salted.

Jun 03, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best poached eggs in the Eastbay?

What makes a poached egg great - is it just getting the timing right (hard white, soft yellow)? Or is there something else?

Apr 27, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Tai Wu Millbrae

Close - it's egg whites, scallops, and crab. I was expecting the egg white to be made with milk / cream / corn starch so that it'd be more saucy - but this was just plain egg white. Don't know if I'd order it again (bits of shell with the crab) - it wasn't bad though.

Apr 19, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

Tai Wu Millbrae

Just went there tonight - here's a couple pics. My favorite was actually the red bean / purple rice soup dessert they served at the end - I usually hate the free desserts at the end because they're too sweet to my taste, but this was perfect.

Apr 18, 2014
mr_darcy in San Francisco Bay Area

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