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SF sushi-making classes?

Has anyone tried any of the various sushi classes in SF? I know there are quite a few options, including:

Nombe (mostly rolls)
Delica (3 part series)
Kaz (private classes)
Kitchen on Fire (east bay)

Has anyone tried any of these sushi-making classes and would highly recommend one?

I'm particularly interested in Delica, since they offer a nigiri class. If someone has tried the Delica sushi course, do you know if 101 (rolls) is required to move onto 102 (nigiri)?


1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA

2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

Wine will be available both for cocktail hour and dinner, so the guests will be drinking wine with food. It'll be a full bar, so other liquors/beers will be available as well.

Aug 17, 2011
cranberryskies in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

Turns out Costco's fairly proprietary with their wine list, and so we may end up going the Safeway route instead. I spoke with the wine person at Safeway, and they had a number of suggestions for me. Can anyone weigh in on what they would love to see at a wedding?

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (as a lower cost option to my favorite, Cloudy Bay)
La Crema Chardonnay
A by Acacia Chardonnay (as a low cost option)
Gascon Malbec
The Prisoner (we're ok with going out of budget range for this one, as this is a favorite)
Bogle Petit Syrah/Chardonnary (as a low cost option)

He'll be putting together a larger list for me, but I won't be getting the full list for about a week. He was not enthused about Norton Malbec, though I've heard good things about it. He highly recommended the Gascon Malbec instead.

Also, for a guest count of about 75, we expect 60 of them to drink, and 40 of them to be wine drinkers (so it's more of a wine crowd). What's the right breakdown for # of reds vs whites, for a group of 40 suspected to like reds a bit more? Cocktail/reception time is about 6 hours, and I'm hoping to have 2 whites and 2 reds.

Aug 16, 2011
cranberryskies in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

Wow, what a great suggestion. Let me see if they'll email me a list. Thanks!

Aug 12, 2011
cranberryskies in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

Thanks so much for the response. I left out an important detail - I'll be shopping for the wine in Oahu, hence the Costco decision. There seems to be a couple of nice wine store in Honolulu, but unfortunately they don't take back unopened bottles if we end up buying too much. I would love to just drop by Trader Joes and pick a few out from their selection, but there's no Trader Joes in Hawaii.

Aug 10, 2011
cranberryskies in Wine

Favorite wines at Costco? (Looking for recs for wedding)

We'll be sourcing our own wine/liquor for our wedding, and wanted to get recommendations on your favorite / best value wine at Costco. We're looking to spend somewhere around $15-20 per bottle, but are *most* interested in the best value wines at Costco regardless of price. Red and white suggestions welcome.

1 last detail: I'm partial to sauvignon blancs from marlborough.

Aug 09, 2011
cranberryskies in Wine

Downtown Pleasanton, what's good.

Not sure about downtown Pleasanton, but here are the ones I like in the surrounding area:

Pho Saigon for their Cambodian Noodle Soup (on Alcosta, in the general area of the now defunct Le Asia Supermarket)
Just Koi for their small side dishes, like Chinese-Style Pancetta
Royal Tofu House for the soon dubu
Bangkok 101 for the Spicy Noodles and Yellow Curry
Old Towne for the Hainan Chicken (a little inconsistent)
Nordstrom Cafe for the French Dip
Cafe Tazza for Indian snacks
Cheese Steak Shop for general delicious greasiness

Just Koi
4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

Pho Saigon
2280 Westborough Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Royal Tofu House
2025 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

34893 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA 94560

Cafe Tazza
2213 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Anyone know a good place that specialized in Hainanese Chicken RIce around San Jose ?

I love the hainan chicken at Spice Islands in Mountain View.

DIY wedding catering from favorite restaurants in SF?

Has anyone ever successfully coordinated (or been to a wedding that has successfully coordinated) a do-it-yourself catering where each dish comes from a favorite restuarant in SF? I'd love to be able to find someone who coordinates catering from various restaurants in the city, where I can have favorite dishes served buffet-style (like chicken tikka masala from pakwan, pork leg stew from thai house express, tea leaf salad from burma superstar, etc).

Has anyone ever heard of this or attempted this?? (And if so, has the name of a coordinator who has successfully coordinated this for them?)

(This would obviously have to be for a location that allows outside catering.)

Saturday LUNCH in Vegas - in the same vein as Raku

I'm going to be in Vegas for less than a day on Saturday, and would love to get some good where-the-locals-eat lunch suggestions. Or, where-chefs-go-to-eat-in-their-off-hours suggestions. I've searched the boards, and am dying to try out Raku...but unfortunately they're only open for dinner.

Most local, affordable places I've found are only open for dinner. Here's what I've come up with so far:

Raku (dinner only) 6pm to 3am – izakaya
Bar Charlie (okay - not affordable, but sounds delicious! dinner only) – Japanese tasting menu
Todd's Unique Cuisine (dinner only) – seafood, asian fusion
Firefly (dinner only) – tapas
Lotus of Siam (dinner only on sat) – thai
Swish Shabu Shabu – shabu shabu
Viva Mercados – mexican
Origin India – indian

Are there any other suggestions or must-try places that I've missed that are open for lunch on Saturdays? I love the idea of Raku - frequented by local chefs, great food, but affordable. Anything in that vein?

Jan 14, 2010
cranberryskies in Las Vegas

Best Ethnic Markets on Peninsula

I prefer Suruki on 4th in San Mateo to Nijiya. Homier, with better prepared foods and mochi selection.

Suruki Supermarket
71 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA

What's your favorite box cookie

Jules Destrooper Almond Thins and Chocoloate Thins. Real belgian chocolate, yum!

Apr 28, 2009
cranberryskies in General Topics

Best places to eat in downtown San Mateo

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot (order the half-half, shrimp balls, tong ho, fatty beef, and/or frozen tofu)
Maru Maru (bbq shortribs - cheaper during lunch, dinosaur foot roll, maru maru roll)
Hotaru (best japanese curry)
Kisaku (buta kakuni, black cod)
Yogurtouille (any of the Strauss tarts)
the peruvian place on B street has delicious white cookies with caramel in the middle (don't know the name)
Jeffrey's for burgers
Joy Luck for dim sum

Pleasanton eating?

My favorites:

Bangkok 101 (surprisingly good Thai, despite the name)
Cafe Tapioca (really great tapioca in their pearl milk tea drinks)
Pho Saigon in the Le Asia Supermarket complex
Wok's Up (the best hot and sour soup)
Senro (great rolls)

Authentic Taiwanese

Any recommendations for *authentic* taiwanese fare in the bay area? Will travel for great food! I know about:

stinky tofu at Spices
Taiwan Restaurant (ugh!)
Taiwan Point on Irving (seems to be closed now?)

But what about places for oyster pancake, those little clams in garlicky soy sauce (don't know the english name), shaved ice, and other taiwanese street food??

Any leads would be great!