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New: Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Berkeley - any reports?

and things are never as good as the original when they expand, open more locations, move across country etc... their Chelsea restaurant isn't nearly as good as the original take out shop on 14th in the East Village... but let's hope it's close.

Oct 21, 2013
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

Finally made it to 1760 a couple weeks ago - and had the Bucatini with uni, and garlic bread crumbs. It was delicious!! I am still thinking about it...almost went back this weekend. The uni was just in chunks on top of the perfectly cooked pasta. I am still looking for this dish where they blend some uni into the sauce too...

Oct 21, 2013
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

New: Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Berkeley - any reports?

Wow! That's exciting... if it's anything like the original in NY, their sicilian pie is like nothing we have in the Bay Area! People get excited about the artichoke pizza but the star is the sicilian pie!

Oct 21, 2013
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

No one in SF had it the last two nights I tried. I'll keep trying and when I do find the uni of my dreams, I'll post an update. It's too bad no one has it consistently. I'm thinking of making it myself but somehow don't think that will be satisfying enough.

Oct 02, 2013
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

Looking for a very basic dish of spaghetti with sea urchin or something like that... Anywhere in SF? I know some places have it sometimes like SPQR and La Ciccia and Skool but who will have it for sure?

Sep 23, 2013
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

when is Ivan Ramen opening on Clinton Street?

thanks! was hoping for late July but i guess it wasn't meant to be

Jul 11, 2013
cubbee in Manhattan

when is Ivan Ramen opening on Clinton Street?

does anyone know the opening date? and if they will take reservations for larger groups? a phone number would be great. thanks!

Jul 10, 2013
cubbee in Manhattan

WHERE TO GO FOR OYAKODON?? Toritsune Shizendou or Tamahide???

Did you ever go to one of these places? If so, how was it and were there onions (green or otherwise) in the dish?
Thanks!

Apr 02, 2013
cubbee in Japan

Where to buy pre-brined all natural (yummy) turkey in San Francisco?

Looking for a great pre-brined turkey that is easy to cook at home on Thanksgiving - somewhere in SF.

Nov 14, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for good Chinese food ideas for an afternoon party. Easy to eat and tastes ok cold... help!

Having an afternoon party and wanted to serve Chinese... would prefer foods that keep well at room temperature and are easy to eat. So far I am thinking of having a "make your own Peking dun bun" station (probably will have to keep the duck on a warmer)... also thinking of having mini baked pork buns. What else would be good? Ideas for a veggie dish or two. Was thinking about peanut / sesame noodles but a little worried the noodles will stick together after a while... Would appreciate any other ideas. Thanks!

Feb 05, 2012
cubbee in General Topics

Mini baked pork buns and egg custard tarts - where to buy for party at home

Thanks Melanie. I'm going to check out TC Pastry tomorrow. Do you recall if there are onions in the pork buns? I don't like when they mix onions in with the pork.

Jan 26, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to get cocktail-size baked pork buns?

Thanks Melanie. I'm going to check this place out tomorrow! Do you recall if there were onions in the pork buns? I don't want the pork mixed with onions which a few places do.

Jan 26, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Mini baked pork buns and egg custard tarts - where to buy for party at home

thanks!! i'm thinking of going there now to try them. what exactly are old wives' cakes?

Jan 26, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Mini baked pork buns and egg custard tarts - where to buy for party at home

The only places I have seem mini baked pork buns and mini egg custard tarts is at dim sum (Ton Kiang, Yank Sing, City View, etc) Does anyone know of a bakery in SF that makes them in the min size?

Jan 26, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for best Peking Duck from a take-out place to serve at home - in SF

Want to serve peking duck at our house for an afternoon party - wondering where to get the best duck along with fresh buns (bao) ...someone mentioned a place on 25th and Irving but I don't know the name. Any recommendations? I've looked through a lot of the duck threads and most are for sit down restaurants - if you've done take out at one of these places successfully, I'd love to hear about it too. Thanks!

Jan 26, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

has anyone had dim sum catered to their house? looking for good dim sum that does catering for a birthday party at our home.

wondering if anyone has any suggestions... i know i can order a ton of dim sum take-out but i would have to find a way to keep it warm myself. looking for a restaurant that can bring over warmers etc.

Jan 04, 2012
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Locanda - is there room to bring a baby?

has anyone who's been to Locanda - either seen a baby or brought a baby along? wondering if there is space for a stroller or carseat if we go super early like 5:30?

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Locanda
557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

May 13, 2011
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving - pre-brined turkeys or other take-out options for 10-12 people

did you like the whole foods turkey?

Nov 09, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving - pre-brined turkeys or other take-out options for 10-12 people

Spoke to Bi-rite. They do pre-cooked and raw but not brined and raw.

Nov 06, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving - pre-brined turkeys or other take-out options for 10-12 people

Thanks. This looks promising as well. Right now it's btw Williams-sonoma and Whole Foods. If anyone out there has tried either, please let me know. Thanks

Nov 06, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving - pre-brined turkeys or other take-out options for 10-12 people

I am looking for a few really good choices for a Thanksgiving meal. I will be traveling until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so won't have time to do a ton of cooking. Ideally looking for a brined but uncooked natural/organic turkey and some good sides. I know Whole Foods does a brined and herb butter turkey uncooked - which sounds good but wondering if any one has a better recommendation. Also heard about the Diestel brined turkey they offer at Costco from Nov. 18 to thanksgiving but I am worried they won't have any left when I get there the Wed before Thanksgiving.

I've seen a few caterers offer full turkey meals too...if anyone has a good recommendation there, I'd love to hear it. And lastly, Bi-Rite offers a full Turkey DInner Service, but I think it's a pre-cooked turkey. I was hoping to cook at home.

Nov 04, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Bunn Trifecta - coffee in San Francisco??

Mar 10, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Bunn Trifecta - coffee in San Francisco??

according to the NYT DIner's Journal "a serious San Francisco coffee bar..." is using the new Trifecta by Bunn (supposedly a better Clover) -- Anyone know where?

Mar 10, 2010
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Mallomars in SF?

i know we are at the end of the season for mallomars...but has anyone seen them in San Francisco recently? i'm craving them! please help... any and all mallomar sighting appreciated. thanks!!

Mar 28, 2009
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Momofuku Ko: Lunch vs. Dinner

lunch is a totally different crew of chefs and totally different menu (except for the foie gras torchon which is also served at dinner) i found lunch to be better tasting, better variety, and more enjoyable even though i normally would want less food... yes, the meal is long and involved but definitely worth doing

Mar 12, 2009
cubbee in Manhattan

driving to palm springs from LAX...what to eat around 9pm?

looking for recommendations for something worth stopping for... mexican? burgers? sushi? looking to make the meal count... low or high end, just delicious and open for business between 9 and 11pm... somewhere on the road between LAX and Palm Springs... please help.

thanks!!

Nov 17, 2008
cubbee in California

Yasuda - who to ask to sit in front of if Yasuda isn't available?

would love peoples opinions of who best to sit in front of at the sushi bar if Yasuda-san isn't available... thanks!

Oct 24, 2008
cubbee in Manhattan

Shishito peppers...grilled, fried, etc. Who else serves them besides Alembic?

ok i found a few places... are shishito's seasonal? if so when?

these places have shishito peppers on the menu:

hana-zen

kirala

alembic

ozumo

oyaji

Any others?

Aug 04, 2008
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Shishito peppers...grilled, fried, etc. Who else serves them besides Alembic?

looking for shishito peppers served as either an appetizer or side or prominently featured another way -- but love them grilled with sea salt... I know they have them at Alembic on Haight. Anywhere else?

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2008
cubbee in San Francisco Bay Area

Best omakase sushi near Laguna Niguel (nozawa style)

well i ended up at Bluefin because it was a monday and everyone else was closed or on vacation... to my surprise, it was excellent... the fish was perfect in everyway... we had copper river salmon, golden eye red snapper, kanpachi, unagi, white salmon, halibut, wagyu...all of it was amazing. highly recommend this place if you need sushi near Newport Beach...

Jun 15, 2008
cubbee in Los Angeles Area