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Fresh Anchovies?

At the Old Oakland Farmers Market there's a vendor (Pham Seafood) that sells fresh anchovies and sardine. Got some last week $2/lb. They tend to sell their stuff off fast and leave by noon or earlier. They sold me sardines, 3lb for $5.

about 10 hours ago
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery stores, Sunnyvale area (moved from San Diego)

Costco now sells more organic food stuff than Whole Foods. The one in Richmond put a bunch of the organics up front. I was sort of slow to look at it since I usually don't browse in Costco (too costly, ha) but once I saw 2 doz organic free range brown eggs for $6.50 I stopped and looked. Use to go every couple of months, now I go every 2-3 weeks.

I only know the South Bay marginally...aren't there any decent produce stands? That's what I'd be looking for if I moved there.

Jul 27, 2015
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Best Bay Area bagels?

Methinks you're onto the next OCD hipster food project here. If they really are tasty, why not?

Jul 25, 2015
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Family Vacation in San Franciso

Jul 24, 2015
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Best Bay Area bagels?

Interesting point about more than 4-6 hours. It seems bread in general use to last longer than a day but I have nothing scientific or anecdotal to prove it. Any guesses on why? Seems it could be anything.

Jul 24, 2015
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Best Bay Area bagels?

There was a bagel comparo/roundup in NYC a few years back. They got all the usual suspects and tested them. The big take-away was how fresh the bagel determined how good it was. (I know the article was mentioned here on CH..maybe this thread?)

Generally good bagels and good bread just don't have a long shelf life, like a day at most...perhaps 12 hour. The best bagel on the test day was the freshest. I know a House of Bagels bagel is vastly different 1 hour vs. 1 day. At one day it's a rock.

Generally I think the only way to compare bread is similar timing out of the oven, or their ideal state (whatever time).

Jul 24, 2015
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Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

He should go for it, so he REALLY owns S.F...also so Yelpers can review his place. Buhahahahahaha!

Jul 23, 2015
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Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

Why can't Bauer get the same deal?

Jul 22, 2015
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Michael Bauer's incomprehensible rating logic

Patricia Unterman owned and ran a restaurant for years and while the big critic at Chron. He's probably thinking if she can do it, why can't he?

Jul 22, 2015
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Where to buy a large cutting board/butcher block?

You might try a decent lumberyard, like Ashby Lumber, MacBeath Hardwood (about a block away from each other) and Piedmont Lumber. You might get lucky and get a remnant.

Jul 22, 2015
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Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

They were also in SoCal and then left. I remember DD from the 80s in SoCal. Probably left the same time, around 2000.

Jul 22, 2015
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Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

That was my reaction way back in the 80s..not fresh, some kinda stale. Never really saw the giant selection back then.

Jul 22, 2015
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Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

That's about the same time DD was in SoCal (80s) and left around the same time (2000). Boy, what obscure info about donuts.

Jul 22, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dunkin Donuts coming to the Bay Area

There have been Dunkin Donuts in the LA area for a long time. There was never a reason to go IMO. Donuts seemed like grocery store donuts..not fresh, tasty or very good. The big local chain, Winchell's, was much better...and that's where the cops went.

Jul 21, 2015
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Where to go out in Berkeley?

The crowd at Ashkenaz depends on who's playing...but yeah, many hippies still around.

Otherwise, kids still hang out at 924 Gilman St., but it's dry and drug free and liking punk helps. I see the youth lining up outside every once in a while.

The other place is Oakland Metro Operahouse.

Jul 21, 2015
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Who does the wall menus at crepe places?

I always assumed it was family owned because the details of the places never told me corporate chain, or family owned corporately run small chain. All those places have a mom and pop vibe that you can't ignore.

The place on Polk, Crepe House, also has the chalkboard and I always figured they were related to Crepevine and Squat and Gobble. That and the menus are very similar.

Jul 20, 2015
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Who does the wall menus at crepe places?

That's interesting because Crepevine.com list 10 locations in the Bay Area. Maybe it's relatives but not the same immediate family.

Jul 20, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area

Who does the wall menus at crepe places?

Yup, Crepevine, Squat and Gooble and a bunch of crepe places seems to be run by the same family or are small local chains. They often look similar besides the menus.

Jul 19, 2015
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Where to go out in Berkeley?

Bay Area real estate costs pretty much drives the reality that there's few places that cater to 20-somethings exclusively. Real estate is just too pricey to base a place on those specific demographics.

It's too bad, because the age of kids getting together to open a place to call their own is very difficult. Even if you could afford the lease..you'd want to cast a wide net to cover that cost.

This is a shame because it's not a stretch to think this kills innovation or simply fresh ideas from the area.

Given the pricey and limited real estate, it makes restaurants riskier and create a lot of the same. It also forces people to live closer together and in more diverse communities...and that includes age among many other demographics...but that's part of what make the Bay Area unique.

Oh well, get use to seeing old people...they're keeping the places you want to go to, open.

Jul 19, 2015
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Where to go out in Berkeley?

I see families with kids during the day and early evening...but no so much at night, which is when I'd assume a younger adult who can drink would like to go there. Also, the dinner crowd seems to thin in the winter/dark months. If families scare you...just sit at the bar where families don't sit. Of course sitting at the bar you might be sitting next to your typical 30-something Berkeley derelict.

Jul 18, 2015
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Where to go out in Berkeley?

Lanesplitter on San Pablo near Uni is "young people friendly" as in it's nice divy, relatively inexpensive and most people dress down but not like quite like slobs. Friendly staff...but there will be old people over 30.

Agree on West Berkeley isn't youngster haven...not with $1mil houses now on the market. But there are plenty of cheap eats, just not many hang outs. Uptown has some nice places...but you will see old people there like at Flora, Van Cleef, Mua, etc. Dive bars in downtown Oakland are where the kids hang...and places like Beer Revolution, Linden Street, Merchant's. I believe these 3 are on the "drink and cycle circuit"...so bring a bicycle and you'll fit right in...and you can ride it home late from Oakland, or get an AC bus with a bike rack.

BTW, here's a question for the youth: what do 20-somethings expect or want to pay for an entre or complete dinner, per person?

If you really miss seeing mostly young adults in one place: Au Coquelet on University will fit the bill. 90% students hanging out and studying, open late. Not much fun...basically a library. BTW, Berkeley basically closes at 9 p.m.

Jul 18, 2015
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Japantown area [San Francisco]

"Japantown was meant to secure the rightful Japanese character of the area for merchants."

And that's why there's a mall there now.

Jul 17, 2015
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Japantown area [San Francisco]

Thank you for restating my point. Like I said, the internment (and the racism of the day) made urban renewal and eminent domain much, much easier.

Regarding, energizing the Japanese American community, that is open to debate. 50 years later, those giants malls still don't make up a neighborhood.

Jul 17, 2015
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Japantown area [San Francisco]

Right, they returned but they didn't own that big track of land that are now malls.

Any way, my point was the internment and displacement of the Japanese Americans made redevelopment much, much easier. You know, no people there, "abandoned" shops, etc...easy to take over.

And while many returned, they didn't necessarily own the land, or had any political power at the time. This would also be the case for African Americans in the Fillmore at the time. Little political clout to fight redevelopment.

Like I said, internment made the process of "urban renewal" easier. Afterall there wasn't any urban renewal in lower Pacific Heights or the Upper Fillmore.

Jul 17, 2015
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Japantown area [San Francisco]

Japantown and its mall setting is a result of the post-war urban redevelopment fad...made easier by the Japanese American internment during WWII. Historically Japantown was a regular neighborhood but WWII ended that.

Once Japanese Americans were rounded up and put in concentration camps, often striped of land ownership, it was easy to redevelop the Japantown/Fillmore area because the community had literally been gutted, moved and disenfranchised.

The Fillmore and Japantown were "opened" to urban renewal and the old 'hoods were gutted and the artificial mall setting was put in place. BTW, the urban renewal fade was also a money grab as the terms for renewal projects were extremely favorable and short term, i.e., developers made a killing off government funds.

And that's why there are malls in Japantown and not a thriving "organically" grown neighborhood.

Jul 17, 2015
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Potrero Hill area? [San Francisco]

And 4 blocks south is is NOT yuppie central...and if you don't understand, sometimes the projects come to you, especially if they're 4 blocks away. Use to spend a lot of time in the area, and that clearly happens. (GF at the time got chased by some locals thugs.) Don't want to be alarmist but stuff does happen.

Jul 15, 2015
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Potrero Hill area? [San Francisco]

Just so you're aware: 18th and Missouri is fine, you're on a row of restaurants and shops. Southward 4 (long) blocks is Potrero Hill Terrace (Projects). Nothing really going on between 18th/Missouri and projects except residential housing. I don't feel unsafe in the area but out-of-towners might.

Michael Bauer's efforts to remain anonymous

Easy fix: have a cute waiter bring an old fashion on the house.

Otherwise I agree and that's why his reviews have a junk factor to them. I still like the review at the Indian place who had no idea who he was. Of course he doesn't get any cuisine besides continental/New American so it didn't matter but the write-up showed how the whole MB in disguise thing is a joke and a no win for restaurants or diners. MB's world of VIP reviews doesn't serve the public well.

Jul 11, 2015
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Comal - Berkeley

I think you're onto something about Comal. Food and drink are fine. It's a nice room and the patio is great but the service is odd at times. Heard some semi-snarky comments from a waitstaff/manager while at a table in the back, that if you said that in a "nice" place it would be insulting or a mistake. I think the word is abrupt and inconsistent.

Didn't pay too much attention..however when you drop a couple hundred bucks on three people, you expect more...like less weirdness. The service isn't bad...but it seems to come with a side of smartass grad student. To which I say - go pet your dog who doesn't talk back and serve me my food.

I think they are trying to manage two different places at the same time and the fact you have to walk through one space to get to the other magnifies the situation.

They want you to go to the patio to drop $$$ on drinks and that's easy but when it comes to texting you that your table is ready, they have messed up a couple of times.

Jul 10, 2015
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New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

Given the bruhaha over the NYT saying you should put peas in your guacamole, perhaps some regular California guac is in order. Most taquerias will have decent guac, and avocados are in season.

Jul 01, 2015
ML8000 in San Francisco Bay Area