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Chow fun: SFBA Dish of the Month September 2015

That's sort of a difficult question to answer because of what I usually get, chow fun, chow mein or a rice plate...so I'm not familiar with order separate dishes. I have in the past like over 5 years ago and everything was good, very solid..but pretty standard. That said, the chow mein (pan fried noodles) is usually very good. I get the seafood chow mein and beef chow fun as regular orders. The "deli" up front had good roast duck, roast pork, etc. Chow down...sorry can't commit at this point.

about 14 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow fun: SFBA Dish of the Month September 2015

That's my go to place. I get it dry, always consistent.

BTW, New Gold Medal actually does follow instructions on no MSG and low sodium...and you can tell when it's low sodium because the beef isn't as brown (oyster sauce).

The old Hing Lung on Broadway use to serve a very good version.

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

I'd call it tragic instead of comedic...shoppers are getting ripped off by WF. They were caught over-charging in two states, NY and CA.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clarkwolf...

Aug 29, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Bus schedule at Han il Kwan?

I use to live a block away, it seemed pretty random but early afternoon, after GG Park, was when I'd see buses.

Aug 29, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Who will slaughter and prep a live duck?

Someone or some place has to teach a class. Ducks Unlimited or Newfangled Artisan Kill Team might handle it...or a poultry butchering class.

Aug 28, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Okay it's not housing cost, but retail rents might be to blame. With high rents, sort of risky trying anything cutting edge when the locals aren't necessarily into it.

Aug 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Another Ho hum food experience in Palo Alto

Isn't one of the big issues in PA and the area is many people entertain at home since the weather is decent. Much more of a SoCal backyard lifestyle. Also, if I had a mortgage on a $2m ranch house I'd like be staying at home a lot.

Aug 26, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

And Richard M. Nixon would be a full commie pinko liberal by today's context. Imagine if a pol today tried to re-established diplomatic ties to communist China and signed Title IX...they'd be sent to Gitmo!

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

Damn pinkos! Did you pal around with Patty Hearst...just kidding.

When I lived in Berkeley during the 80s, there was still some remains of the cooperative systems, the old Co-op store, Uprisings bread, etc. Of course Cheese Board sprouted a few other bakeries collectives in Arizmendi.

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

There's this thing called a tongue and while it's often cooked, sometimes it goes into the cheek region and just sits there and does nothing. Odd, eh?

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

If you live in Berkeley, you are a pinko. Those are the rules.

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

So Cheeseboard are a bunch of pinkos, gotcha.

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

Cheeseboard and Peet's however are old school hippie pinko joints. It's too bad Ann's Kitchen on Telegraph and Dwight closed because that was an old school hippie soup kitchen in all its crunchy granola glory.

The FSM monument is very difficult to find, but there's also the Free Speech Cafe on the UC Berkeley campus but nothing really to see except some graphics on the wall. The food and coffee are standard.

Aug 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Spiny Lobster in Northern California (When in season...)

I always though Spiny lobster were warm water creatures and usually live below SLO/Santa Barbara area to Mexico. Any way, the season starts in Oct. I think most are caught by sport fishermen but there are commercial catches but by dory boat in SoCal, not big boats or trawlers.

Aug 24, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to open a bottle of Champagne (legal or not) ?

Also there's the Redwood park at the TransAmerica building, but I always assumed that was private, so the drinking might be discouraged.

Aug 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to open a bottle of Champagne (legal or not) ?

Two blocks away from Bix is a park, across from the mini Safeway at Front St. Don't remember the name. It's a nice clean park, use to eat lunch there when I worked near by but probably not as nice as the Embarcadero. However it's on the way so if you're walking by you could check it out, and if it's good..pop the cork...or keep walking.

ETA: Walton Park

Aug 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

live spot prawns in the East Bay

E&F Market on 8th/Webster had live spot prawns for $23/lb the other day.

Aug 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Growlers' Arms [Glenview, Oakland]

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Aug 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Growlers' Arms [Glenview, Oakland]

Methinks the name didn't help. Look up "growler" under Brit slang.

Yes, a funny joke but rather stupid to name a place that, especially with high prices.

Aug 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Hippie-Yuppie Food In San Francisco? (Help a Tourist!) :-)

I've had similar experiences at Chow. When I lived in SF use to always find a parking spot in GG Park at night and just walk over. Very convenient and never had a bad meal there. Brought plenty of out of town visitors and friends and it always worked fine. I think it slipped just a bit and they discontinued the short ribs but a nice place.

Aug 19, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville - any recent info for dim sum?

"What is Yank Sing's excuse?"

Not located in the ghetto aka Chinatown? That's all I got.

Aug 16, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville - any recent info for dim sum?

HKEO has always been pricey. Not a bad thing when it's good. However I remember dropping $500+ on a banquet (10 years ago) and 40% of the dishes were iffy. When the prices creep up that high, maybe one dish can be bad. Expectations definitely change with price. I suppose you're paying for the view.

Aug 16, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Tax on Loaf of Bread?

That's odd because bread is a grocery item and groceries aren't taxed in California. I don't think it matters who sells it. I think they ripped you off.

Aug 13, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

You're still comparing a massive corporation valued at $14 BILLION (who cheats the consumer) to a small local retail outfit run by hippies. Okay, that's not a little nutty, that's plenty nuts.

Aug 13, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

Who cares? People who don't like getting cheated on their purchase, per the recent over-charging scandal at WF. And it's not the first time.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clarkwolf...

Rainbow's might not be more credible but apparently they're more honest. But hey, WF is a corporation and thus WF is a person!

Aug 13, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

It is an odd type of neocolonialism because it's no longer under the guise of democracy but rather Libertarian ideology that has never run a government anywhere, local, national or international. It use to be you pointed the U.S. and mentioned democracy even if it was a lie. Now they're skipping the democracy lie and wants to own it proper, like Libertarians.

Hobbs (WF CEO) believes Honduras can be a Libertarian utopia, despite the crazy amount of violence (considered the most violent outside of the Middle East), privacy security/private gated communities popping up and a super high exodus due the violence and lack of jobs. Methinks it's mostly opportunism.

Aug 12, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

Whole Food has a Libertarian twist to its "counterculture" and a heavy (illegal) thumb on the scale. To call Rainbow WF without the meat is a little nutty. One is a small local worker-owned coop, the other a very large corporation listed on the Nasdaq. Also Rainbow's "CEO" doesn't wish to turn Honduras into a libertarian utopia.

SF's Rainbow Grocery: a counterculture success story

I like Rainbow exactly because it's not like any other place and yes because of the counterculture vibe and roots. I like going there and it feeling like 1985 again, complete with artsy Mission "menace" and the EF you yuppie vibe that the checkers still produce...and yet the shoppers are diverse and not just hippies and freaks.

Seriously, don't we get enough corporate crappage in retail like forced cheeriness and mandatory "Hi!". I'm glad I have the option of places like Rainbow or family owned places like Berkeley Bowl, Monterey Market, etc. Can't imagine the Bay Area or SF/Berkeley/Oak without those options.

Any way, one of the best things Rainbow did was move from Mission St to the old St. Vincent DePaul building. The old store was seriously creepy, in a hippie funk kind of way, not that there's anything wrong with that...but yeah, when it was on Mission St I only went in if I really had to. Glad they're still going strong.

Aug 12, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Which Berkeley Bowl is less annoying?

I did the BB West trip today at 2-ish. Parked in the front row in front of the store. Got in and out quickly and they had Hatch chiles, $1.39 lb. Great time to go. Also got the Early Girls tomatoes as well.

Aug 11, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Doug's BBQ- are they open again?

Are you sure? Just asking since there's a local community food bank that gives out food in that space and next door, in the parking lot. If it is open, great news.

Aug 11, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area