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Birthday Dinner for 10 people late 20's $20-$30 a person (not including alcohol) [San Francisco]

Poc Chuc is really great for groups, super inexpensive and BYOB with no corkage fee. I love the food but you'd have to be a fan of non taqueria Mexican. They have an app platter that will have the folks at the table fighting over the last bite. It's in a not so fancy part of the Mission though so I'm not sure how your group would do with that.
http://pocchuc.com/

Suggestions for a pre-show dinner on NYE? [San Francisco]

whoops, I meant to say State Bird Provisions. But yeah, reservations there seem like a long shot. Still looking for other ideas.

"Cheap" Eats in SoMa Tonight [San Francisco]

If you like Vietnamese, I find Miss Saigon to be pretty decent and I hear Tu Lan has cleaned up their act.

Suggestions for a pre-show dinner on NYE? [San Francisco]

Hello Hounds, I just bought my husband and I great tix to Book of Mormon at the Orpheum theater for the 8pm showing on NYE. I'm looking for suggestions on where to do dinner before hand. It looks like Atelier Crenn has availability at 5:30 but I'm not sure that will be enough time. I'd also love to try Sons and Daughters but I'm sure that is going to be impossible to get into. Any other thoughts, I was thinking maybe Sons and Daughters or possibly Saison. What else would be an interesting option?

And I do realize the NYE part complicates things a bit, would it make more sense to wait to book?

Artesian Cream Cheese

Yes! Gina Marie's by the Sierra Nevada Cheese Co is the most amazing I've ever had! Light, smooth and super creamy, I could literally eat it by the spoonful! It's available at Berkeley Bowl.

http://www.sierranevadacheese.com/cow...

Cream Cheese-Is there a World Beyond Philadelphia Brand?

Yes! Gina Marie's by the Sierra Nevada Cheese Co is the most amazing I've ever had! Light, smooth and super creamy, I could literally eat it by the spoonful!
http://www.sierranevadacheese.com/cow...

Mar 20, 2013
lannanh in Cheese

In search of caramel sauce for ice cream sundaes in Berkeley

Yup, I was going to say, TJ's salted caramel sauce is really quite tasty. We always have a half gallon of Mitchell's Vanilla in our freezer. I like to top it with a few grinds of TJ's sugar, coffee and chocolate mix and if i'm feeling really fancy, some whipped cream.
http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Cho...

Pupusa Crawl in San Francisco: Your Input for SF Bay Digest

Yeah, the stand at the alemany flea market has the best papusas around, IMO. They have the perfect filling to masa ratio, very tender masa at that with delicious fillings, I'm partial to the chicken and zucchini and cheese, the rest are all very good to except the mushroom is surprisingly too mushrooms for me and I am a huge mushroom fan. The portions are huge for the $3 price and they're hand made and grilled to order. I always ask for extra slaw and hot sauce with mine because they are both as delicious as the Papusas themselves.

http://estrellitassnacks.com/

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Estrellita Snacks
100 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110

Seeking unique breakfast in San Francisco (see wish list)

Do you have a special dipping sauce concoction for dumplings?

I can't believe noone's mentioned ponzu sauce, MARUKAN is my favorite if you can find it. I like to mix in a little Vietnamese chili sauce.

Dec 19, 2011
lannanh in Home Cooking

Brunch dishes off the grill?

Hi All - We are hosting a brunch this saturday and just got a new Weber Performer grill off CL (for $125!). Anyway, the mild weather in the Bay Area will permit us to host everything outside so I'm wondering if there are any dishes we can do off the grill? I think steak may be an obvious choice but I'm wondering if the foodies on this board have any other creative ideas.

This recipe looked interesting even though it's Ray Ray http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/.... Maybe other casserole dishes could work on the grill?

Dec 07, 2011
lannanh in Home Cooking

NYC Foodie in SFO looking for dessert - baked goods, ice cream, etc. recommendations

If you're in the Mission, I really like Anthony's Cookies, my favorite are the toffee chip but the oreo ones are popular too. I'd also recommend Mitchell's Ice Cream for some unusual flavors such as Ube (Purple Yam) and Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast, which is whiskey and frosted flakes. Arizmendi Bakery just opened I haven't had a chance to go there yet but definitely check out Tartine Bakery! Also, Bob's Donuts are yummy, try the apple fitters.

Finally, my husband bought me THE most perfect chocolate from Saratoga Chocolates in the Castro. Caramel, Almond, Toffee Squares: This layered treat starts with milk chocolate then toffee, nuts, and caramel. It's covered with dark chocolate and finished with sea salt. YUM!

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Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mitchell's Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop
1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

Saratoga Chocolates
14572-B Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Anthony's Cookies
1417 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

Breakfast in Soma/Mission area?

Not sure how far you're willing to go but I hear Farm to Table is great. Ironside also serves breakfast. Perhaps, the Butler and the Chef Bistro. If you're doing a weekend brunch, Universal Cafe is very good.

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Universal Cafe
2814 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Butler & the Chef Bistro
155 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Farm Table
754 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Ironside
680 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Casual dinner in Soma or Mission

Lolo's on 22nd is one of my favorite spots in the Mission. It's Yucatenese/Turkish fusion and has a decor to match. Try the shrimp tacos with jicama for shells and the cheesecake.

BBQ catering in Santa Barbara

We hired Me & Lou's to cater our June wedding. They're prices are very reasonable and they've got great references.

http://www.meandlous.com/

Feb 21, 2010
lannanh in California

Near Traveling Jewish Theatre, SF?

Radio Africa Kitchen at Coffee Bar across the street. Poc Chuc is a great suggestion too.

Last minute request: Tonight is our last night in SF - where should we eat?

I *heart* LoLo's on 22nd in the Mission. Very good food (Yucatanese and Turkish fusion), plus it has a distinctly quirky SF flavor to it. They have an amazing Shrimp taco w/ sliced jicama for the shell which are too yummy and the cheesecake is to die for.

What's your go-to brown rice recipe?

I vote for the rice cooker also. Yes, it's a single use appliance but it's earned it's keep quickly imo. We've pretty much switched completely to brown rice in our house w/ the exception of fried rice which is rare. It's to the point I don't really even remember what white rice taste like.

And my favorite rice recipe is my husbands version of spanish rice. Yummy. Pretty simple, just some chopped up cilantro, onion and jalapeno and diced canned tomatoes.

Jan 10, 2010
lannanh in Home Cooking

Looking to buy eggnog somewhere...

Call Mitchell's Ice Cream. It has real rum in it and it's delicious!

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Mitchell's Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

I think my step mom made a version of "Slubgullion" too that we LOVED as kids. She'd take the bologna and dice it up into flat squares then fry it up in ketchup and maybe some other stuff but I doubt it. It'd go on top of a pile of mashed potatoes and it was delcious.

Also a lot of talk of cream cheese and jelly sandwiches but what about peanut butter and butter (probably margin actually). I hated PB&J but loved PB&B just like my dad.

Jan 06, 2010
lannanh in Home Cooking

what's cheap & kid-friendly in soma, open sunday night?

Maybe try Manora Thai or Buca di Beppo. The later isn't the most horizon expanding but it is kid friendly.

Dinner before Wicked at the Orpheum?

We went to Miss Saigon before Wicked. Very reasonably priced, good food and close to the theater. I highly recommend the Crispy Fried Rice, I can't find it on their menu but believe me, it's absolutely delicious. The place isn't high on ambiance but if you're not out to be seen in a scene then it'll do you good.

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Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
100 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A moderately priced business dinner (for 10) close to downtown?

We've done business dinners at R&G Lounge. They have big round tables with the lazy susan that could seat all 10 of you which is nice.

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R & G Lounge
631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Hidden Treasures Near 30th and Mission?

Henry's Hunan is opening up a location near 29th & Church in the old Joe and Eddie's (or whatever it's called) Personally, I think Henry's is poop but I'm from back east so all the Chinese out here kinda sucks in my opnion. Except Dak Win but I have a feeling I'm alone in that opinion.

Beretta alternatives, for a group of 8

I <3 Lolo's and think you will to if you're more into the people you're with than the scene. Do NOT miss the shrimp tacos, the duck confit or the cheesecake.

Shocked: bored of Mission favs; want change. esp. lunch

Try Tortas El Primo on 22nd between Mission and Valencia, excellent sandwiches of all kinds.

It's also next to one of my favorite restaurants Lolo's but they're probably not the best lunch choice.

Cured meat inspiration

Hi, my fiance was in Seattle last weekend and on my behest brought me back goodies from Salumi Cured Meats. Being the overly enthusiastic boy he is, he brought back 6 different kinds of salamis:
Agrumi
Cotto
Finocchiona
Hot Sopressata
Salumi Salami
Smoked Paprika

Now I have all this meat and I'm not sure what to do with it. Any inspiration for sandwiches, pizzas or pastas or any other brilliant recipe ideas?

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Armandino's Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Oct 13, 2008
lannanh in Home Cooking