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Favorite Ice Cream 2014

To each their own. I actually really like Tin Pot. I am not a fan of Smitten (the whole process takes too long and doesn't result in a sophisticated product for me), so it's the only place I'm aware of for 30 miles (!). That does fun, interesting flavors with the right level of intensity.

1 day ago
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

I need to try Ici's again. I've avoided it forever in favor of Tara's Organic Ice Cream which imho has deeper flavors and a creamier texture, but it's been years and I should try it again.

Jul 22, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

One Dinner in SF - Where and Why?

I've seen babies and small children during the relaxed times at Cotogna (mid-afternoon).

Jul 21, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF trip - one lunch- no kids!

Does it need to be accessible to downtown?

If not, I'd consider Cotogna or Bar Tartine (check out the sandwich shop menu beforehand it's not for everyone)

Jul 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Steakhouse at hotel or near [San Francisco]

Adding:

5a5 Steak Lounge walking distance from Le Meridien.

Jul 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

I'd love to get your comparison of YS Rincon compared to Vancouver. My gut would be that there's no point going to Yank Sing if you live in Vancouver, but to get some item comparisons would be great.

Jul 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help picking Wine?

A good wine? Do you have a price point?

Ridge (a local producer/maker) of wine is there most times. Their reds are excellent though do need some air (open it up and let it sit for awhile before drinking).

The Orin Swift range of reds are really accessible and easy to drink - I think their prices have gotten worse over the years unfortunately, so they're no longer the deal they were.

Let me know what price point and what type of wines you are interested in. I'm at that Whole Foods every couple weeks and can provide some recs the next time I'm there.

Jul 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Four Days in San Francisco-- Please Critique (apologies for the long intro)

I agree. YS is as good as the solid places in S. E. Asia and is as good as the local touristy recommendations in Hong Kong.

Frankly, you're not going to find better Dim Sum in a more convenient location (e.g. not a 45 min- hour commute from where the center of the city is) in the entire United States. LA has better more diverse dim sum, but it's very much out of the way if you are a visitor.

Jul 20, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

No reservations/single dining [San Francisco]

SPQR has significantly more #s of bar seats than State Bird (if I remember correctly). Just to be aware - it feels like a step up in price from State Bird. (SPQR will run you about $60 if you get an appetizer, primi and dessert not including alcohol/tax/tip).

Nopa has a significant amount of communal seating (re CA cuisine).

Jul 18, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Eating out in Healdsburg

Stop by the Alexander Valley Bar at Medlock Ames after 5 pm. They do decent cocktails, great atmosphere - used to have pizza/snaky food, but I am not sure I they still do.

Mateo's is solid upscale Mexican food with a good wine list.

Jul 17, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ny'ers 1st time itinerary. Feedback welcomed

re Giants game:

Zero Zero isn't too bad of a walk.

Twenty Five Lusk is average.

Jul 16, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Meadowood Restaurant [St. Helena]

Uhockey has been and not sat at the counter review w/ pictures here:

http://endoedibles.com/?p=696

Jul 15, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

The chef is of Korean background, but the East Asian influences used are not super specific and overlap with Chinese cuisine.

It would be a rather intimidating first date. It's a rather quiet, minamalist room and tasting menus take a lot of time.

Jul 15, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

Right. A quiet, white tablecloth type place can be rather stifling and intimidating for a first date. Interactions with other people can help provide topics of conversation (farmer's markets can be great for this)

I wasn't sure whether the "out of the way" request is because he wants the first date to be something obscure/notwellknown or so that it won't be busy.

Jul 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

Depends on the first date. I've had brunch type dates followed by walking/ the park/ice cream dates and they've worked quite well. But yes if night time and cozy table is the goal....I am a bit stumped. The Haakasan rec is solid in that it is upscale and sleek but I don't know if I'd find it romantic.

Jul 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Week in SF - Critique this list and suggest a meal

Also in the mission is Lolinda (argentinian)

Jul 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

authentic chinese restaurant with good ambience for a first date?

What about Yank Sing? Too well known?

Jul 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Week in SF - Critique this list and suggest a meal

Stop by the ferry building esp during the farmer's market.

4th day dinner - Peruvian? Limon Rotisserie on the lower end. Fresca or La Mar at the higher end.

Of the restaurants you mentioned I'd say AQ for 2 reasons. One, you don't have a lot of places that are big into the craft cocktails and AQ makes excellent cocktails. Two it has an experimental bent that is very different from a Atelier Crenn. It is not my personal favorite in terms of taste profile ( I like my food saltier, spicier and unami-er) but I still enjoyed it.

Jul 14, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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lunch recs for a week [San Francisco]

How kid friendly?

Yank Sing for dim sum
Limon Rotisserie
Ferry Building

Jul 13, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Jardiniere basically exists for the symphony/opera/ballet crowd. I don't think it would survive otherwise. Food is average esp for the $$$$ their desserts are particularly not great.

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dosas (and other regional Indian food)

Yes in the Serious Eats column they try to say that Keralan food is more mild than the rest of South India, and certainly there may be some areas where that is the case, but it hasn't been my personal experience.

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in Manhattan

Please Help Critique My San Fran Eating Itinerary

Chez Panisse is classic Ca cuisine - not fussy with great local ingredients. it is not hip but nor does it feel staid or ossified.

If you'd like something more stylish, quince is my favorite all rounder - everything just works, the room is such that you can dress up or not and either feels right.. Atelier crenn has beautiful plating, is more experimental, but I find the room too cramped and on edge for me. So even though I had some truly memorable food there, I wouldn't do it for a special occasion.

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

SF/Napa Itinerary

How do you feel about Indian food? vik's is right off the freeway in Berkeley. Very casual cafeteria style food but some really good options the chaat is really good and the dosas are well done as well,

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine matches for a 3-course dinner

I somewhat disagree with the Italian wine recs (it depends on the following):

1. Is the curry soup actually chili hot/spicy? If it is then sparking or Riesling (or other high acid high vivid fruit wine) are the only way to go. If it's more round with a hint of spices, than most whites would go (I like Albarino or Sancerre over Pinot Grigio)

2. Does the Pork dish register sweet from the pear? If so Riesling or Lambrusco is your safest bet, if it's not sweet than you could do Beaujolais, Pinot, Grenache heavy Rhone blends, or Brunello) I would avoid high tannic or highly earthy reds.

3. Unless the butterscotch or honeycomb ice cream is unexpectedly more savory or herbal than the name suggests. I'd give up on wine. Wine really only does as sweet as dark chocolate or fruits with cream. Once you get to sweetness levels like honey and butterscotch it is typically too much. The type of wine that would go is so sickly sweet that it becomes too much (at least for me).

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in Wine

Help picking Wine?

Whole Foods carry Ridge, Kathryn Kennedy etc. You make it sound like they are not carrying some of the best all around producers in CA.

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help picking Wine?

Untrue about Whole Foods at least here in Los Altos or Cupertino. Sure you won't find first growth Bordeaux but there is a lot of excellent local wines and decent European wines available (Costco here also has a good selection but it depends which Costco you go to)

I would suggest going with a white or rose/blush wine. Each store is so different it is hard to say what you should get. If they are serious wine people I'd go to K & L, North Berkeley wines etc. . If they are not, I would pick up something recognizable eg Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay Rieslings. If you can find the Matua Sauvignon Blanc it comes at a good price and is enjoyable.

Jul 11, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Short day trip suggestions [San Francisco]

I agree Mission, but specifically the length of Valencia from 16th to 24th and environs.

Fillmore can be nice from Clay to Geary (and then you enter Japantown which also has some nicknacks and interesting stuff)

Jul 10, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dosas (and other regional Indian food)

Have you or your co-worker been to Kokum?

Jul 10, 2014
goldangl95 in Manhattan

SF/Napa Itinerary

If you will be at the Ferry Buildling, you can knock out some of your Ice Cream, Bakery, Coffee items while there (excellent choices both inside the building and at the farmer's market stalls)

Whatever you decide for lunch on Friday, be warned traffic gets really bad in the Bay Area Fridays during the summer after 2 pm. Eating in Berkeley would give you a bit of a head start (though warning unless you are very low key you'll want to be out of Berkeley and well on your way by 2 p.m. if possible).

Jul 10, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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Please Help Critique My San Fran Eating Itinerary

You can also knock out some bakery/coffee to dos by going by the ferry building esp. when the Farmer's Market is going on on Sat.

Chez Panisse is classic. Aq is a loud modern space. I actually prefer AQ type ambience - depends what type of food/atmosphere you want.

Chez Panisse, Slanted Door, Nopa is a kind of SF standards run through the city.

State bird/Aq/bar tartine is more risky but also more of the moment.

I am not a big fan of St Frank's coffee. The first time I got their iced coffee/almond milk combination drink and it was bitter and strange even after tying to add some sugar (which I try not to do). The second time I got a latte and it was simultaneously too milky and too bitter. The space is cool though.

Jul 10, 2014
goldangl95 in San Francisco Bay Area
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