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Nothing but Forgettable Fancy Tasting Menus at Bay Area French Influenced High End Restaurants - RANT

That's a very broad statement, that the Manresa's or Quince's tasting menu is a California invention and it's an absurd reduction of a French Tasting menu.

Have you had tried any menu degustation in France, you know so you can compare them to what's being served here?

Also you've stated several times you don't like tasting menus. Nothing wrong with a preference or bias...except if you're making a broad statement like that. Okay you don't like tasting menus...but to say that tasting menus in CA are an absurd reduction of what the French do, that's a little out there and intellectually dishonest.

about 1 hour ago
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Private room for grad party with no wine corkage fee in SF

...or trade if there's a relationship.

about 17 hours ago
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Nothing but Forgettable Fancy Tasting Menus at Bay Area French Influenced High End Restaurants - RANT

That would make sense, and only top end places.

Dragon Beaux opens. [San Francisco]

That space use to be Video Cafe before it was Da Place. It was owned by a Thai family and was open 24hrs for a while, then until 3 or 4 a.m. The most interesting thing from the SFgate article was bringing in different chefs who aren't tied to the classics.

Nothing but Forgettable Fancy Tasting Menus at Bay Area French Influenced High End Restaurants - RANT

Agree, can't pin this on Bauer. You can pin it on high end restaurants who figured out a tasting menu streamlines things...while charging top dollar for the special occasion meal, which is their primary customers, minus a outliers.

Given the choice of $300/person vs. $125/person, and you have a standing waiting list but limited to two seating/night, why would you not go with a tasting menu. If people don't want the tasting menu, they will and can go elsewhere.

As to why these places only serve the tasting menu now, likely logistics. Hard to prep and serve 9-16 courses at the same time others at the table are having a 4-5 course meal. Easier and more profitable to go tasting menu all the time.

If anything I'd say TFL and Keller are to blame, with big assists from food porn TV, like Bourdain's special tasting menu at TFL. Between TFL and Per Se, the tasting menu has become the default high end special occasion/bucket list meal. Whether it's "right or wrong", I don't know or really care since I have a choice and can pick other places. I can see both sides. A tasting menu can be fun and different at the right place, but if I don't want that I'll go elsewhere. I'd guess only a small percentage of places do the tasting menu, like less than 5%.

Los Angelino from San Gabriel Valley ISO Best Inexpensive Dim Sum Palace

New dim sum place by the Koi Palace people opened in the Richmond, Dragon Beaux. If you're taking 101/1 through the GG Bridge, it's along the way. Don't know if it's the best but the descriptions are intriguing, i.e., younger chefs who aren't tied to only the classics.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

http://sf.eater.com/2015/2/27/8123193...

Feb 28, 2015
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Why are they standing in line ?

Actually the crowded living space explains a lot, that's why there are urban parks, cafes, etc. I don't think waiting in line relates to this except you're out of your living space.

First crazy line I saw was Little Joe's when it was in North Beach.

Feb 27, 2015
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Why are they standing in line ?

Lemmings line up too. It's called herd mentality.

But hey some have figured out sitting on the sidewalk while waiting. That's the one that always has me wondering, who sits on the sidewalk for 45 mins in the Mission for brunch?

Feb 27, 2015
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Looking for a private dining space for 50 people in Berkeley

When was the last time you ate there?

Feb 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a private dining space for 50 people in Berkeley

Try Hs Lordship in the Berkeley Marina. Food isn't special but they do lunch and have rooms and lots of parking.

Feb 25, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Tazah brand harissa in a jar in SF Bay area?

Oasis Foods in Oakland might have it. Also there's a bunch of Middle Eastern grocers in Santa Clara.

Feb 21, 2015
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Berkeley Grocery Outlet to close.

I think it's a CVS or similar drug store.

Feb 21, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Entertaining a picky visitor: suggestions we both can enjoy

I'd check out new American or gastropubs like Martins West. Otherwise a taqueria. Order what you'd usually get, order tacos without salsa for your cousin.

Looking for a private dining space for 50 people in Berkeley

Birthday for a 90 y.o.? Try the Terrace Room near Lake Merritt. Not Berkeley close.

Feb 20, 2015
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fiesta del mar [Mtn. View]

I've been to most or all the FDM restaurants and La Fiesta is the most consistent and to me the best prepared. I think it's because it's more family oriented/WYSISYG and the food is totally within those expectation. Also generally a cheery place without cheese. Conversely the same exact food in the Sol places (much nicer, dark, bar, etc.) creates expectations, or it's just not executed as well. The specialties, non-gringo combo plates at LF are very good. Never thought about the seafood angle at FDM but that makes sense...decent seafood costs and less margin for error.

Feb 19, 2015
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SF Trip 2015

With that list I'd put names in a hat and pull. It's as good as any other method and frankly you have to be unlucky or dense to get a bad meal in SF.

Feb 18, 2015
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Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

My sister in LA told me dungeness crab was going for $12/lb. When she talked to the fish monger, he said it was due to the high prices that crab is getting in China, due to the Lunar New Year. The fish monger mentioned the per bushel price doubled. Also it seems that exporter are the big trawlers from Oregon and Washington that come into NorCal waters.

http://www.undercurrentnews.com/2014/...

Feb 17, 2015
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Very specific restaurant criteria

The Leatherneck Steakhouse (aka Marines Memorial Club) might work. It supposedly does large parties. But yeah, steaks will not be as good as the midwest. Otherwise HOPR, maybe Lulu since the limitations are a lot.

Feb 13, 2015
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The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

I guess I'll check out Five Guys some day. Did not know about their naming conventions. Not generally a burger fan or more one as a lunch option and not dinner.

Feb 13, 2015
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The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

I went to Habit burger for lunch today out of curiosity and I was in Alameda. I thought the single burger (no cheese) was very similar to InO's single, similar taste profile but a little more beef/grill taste but similar construction (thin patty, shredded lettuce, tomato). Size wise it was slightly larger, price wise it was .70 more but not unreasonable. Fries were better than InO. (Didn't get a double: warm day and large lunch, not good)

I've never been to Five Guys but considering a single burger starts at $6 bucks, it's not in the same price range as Habit. And at that price it better be better and larger.

The Habit char burger special goes for $6.05 (?) came with a large drink and fries, which is in range with InO ($5.50?).

I don't know how often I'd go but it's a good option, burger a bit better than InO, fries better. I'd go if I wanted a good fast food burger and a decent price.

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Thanks, that seems about right; Habit and Five Guys in same category/price range.

Feb 13, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Does it cost $8 bucks? :-)

Feb 12, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Can you get Shake Shack in California?

Feb 12, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

SF 73° sunny > NYC 36° rain/snow

Feb 12, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Thanks I heard HB was opening, and apparently an In'n Out is also opening there as well. Hopefully they pull from each other and both are less crowded.

I guess my big question is if the char-broil factor makes any difference.

Feb 11, 2015
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Safe SF bar crawl for newly-minted 21-yr-old?

So did Mom pick a place for her kid yet? What was the outcome or decision? I don't know about you guys but I'd tell the kid to figure it out herself and here's $40 bucks for a cab. Or go to yelp where she can figure out the reviews and cross reference the age of the reviewer via photo. Asking old people out of touch is just that - asking old people out of touch.

Okay, here's some real advice: Uptown in Oakland, Flora, Cafe van Kleef, Bar 355, etc. It's safe as SF but way hipper, so you can get some hip mommy points. Okay it's really dangerous and scary. Never mind.

Feb 08, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Internal peace is invaluable. People work lifetimes to gain it. Sadly however it can be interrupted by external forces, like Ferguson and I'm guessing with Mr. Bell's experience.

Personal experience can't be discounted, for both those who have found internal peace and those who have not, or for those who had their internal peace disturbed.

The only issue I have with the internal is that it often leaves things to the individual to deal with and forgoes any discussion about larger, wider societal issues and institutional factors, i.e., to "internalize" the situation. It works for some but not for all. Look up the term "internalized racism".

My question is, what happens when the internal peace is disrupted like with Mr. Bell? The way I see it you can internalize it, brush it off and really I understand that very well because it's a basic life coping mechanism - like who in world wants to deal with something as unpleasant as racism EVERYWHERE. People go nuts dealing with it and some times in life it's easier and better to just ignore things or compartmentalize things.

Sometimes however you have to say something or risk losing your dignity. I can see both sides in this situation - he said, she said - however I see this as a fight for one's dignity in the case of Mr. Bell and I support him even if I don't know exactly what happened.

In my eyes Kamau Bell is trying to gain that internal peace but got some major sh*t thrown his way. This is what I see Kamau Bell is fighting for, and as a human being I have to support him because I want my humanity and dignity.

For those who disagree, fine. However please don't get in my way of trying to find that peace, that equilibrium. Your resistance to others finding that inner peace is hate in my book and I will do everything to stop that.

Most people just want to be left alone and live a peaceful life. I'm happy that others have found it but until everyone gets a chance at it, the fight is not over.

Upscale ethnic dinner in the East Bay for Valentine's day

Miss Ollie's.

Feb 03, 2015
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

It's a no-win situation for him, as race stuff most often is for the non-white person involved. He'll never gain anything from it, yet he'll have plenty of grief. Right now I imagine many things going through his head, like is Berkeley racist? Should I move my family somewhere more progressive. How does this affect my marriage, my kid? Where can I go?

He gains nothing from talking, yet he gets haters making judgments like here, never having experienced anything like it.

Quite seriously, if the best anyone can do is make a comparison to a fictional book shop in Portlandia, the level of conversation and knowledge about the topic (not to mention direct experience) is very limited. Is that really the breath of knowledge on race, a reference to fictional feminist book store? That's weak and frankly insulting.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Have you ever dealt with racism? Honestly it's a bit shocking and dumbfounding when it happens to the point of "did that just happen?"

Saying he's a comic so he should be able to deal with hecklers and thus a racists is like saying "she's a waitress so she should be able to deal with any rude sexist comment" in another situation. I'm a guy and I get how that's baloney.