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Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

When I looked at photos of Venga's paella it looked like a small scoop of rice with a bunch of salad. No crust to the rice because it's spooned out of the paella pan.

Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

I was asking about Cesárs in Berkeley that Robert mentioned.

Is the paella at Venga enough or do you have to order Tapas also?

Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

Skimpy protein at Venga's worries me. Small portions are one of my husband's biggest complaints.

I was surprised no one mentioned Esperpento.

Is the noodle paella at B44 a fideo? Is it good?

What's Cesar's like?

Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

Toro Brovo was my favorite meal of the whole vacation. I also loved their grilled octopus and bacon wrapped dates.

I have wanted to try Zarzuela but the parking is just impossible.

Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

Most posts on this topic are several years old so I'm hoping there's better news than in '07. I was traveling and had paella in Portland at Toro Brovo and it was delicious. I am hoping somewhere here can do as well. Any ideas?

Best Seafood along Oregon Coast

Actually, EatFoodandGetMoney, I did appreciate it as we are heading to Portland and Seattle after the coast. I have been checking their boards as well.


May 07, 2014
Moon Cake in Pacific Northwest

9 best sandwiches in the Mission, SF - what do you think?

I went to Bite Me based on this list and while the bread was nicely toasted, the meat was bland and the sandwich was dry. Even Ike's is better.

Best Seafood along Oregon Coast

Looking through the board I have come up with

Saffron Salmon, Local Ocean, and ARR Place in Newport

Ecolla Seafood in Cannon Beach

Bell Buoy in Seaside

Pacific Oyster in Bay City

May 05, 2014
Moon Cake in Pacific Northwest

Best Seafood along Oregon Coast

I'm making the same trip, at least from Bandon to Newport and I'd love some recommendations too.

May 01, 2014
Moon Cake in Pacific Northwest

To Hyang to Close 5/23; lost lease [San Francisco]

Their sauces are like no other. Their oxtail soup with Chinese dates is also excellent.

You Haven't Had Oakland's Best Cheesecake Yet (Or Have You?)

His flavored cheesecakes are so delicious. My favorite he sells at the Aloha Festival, a coconut and macadamia variety.

Dec 02, 2013
Moon Cake in Features

Ideas for adventurous 13 YO that won't break the bank

I think the best celebrity restaurant is Bobby Flay's place at Ceasars. The food is wonderful and inventive not "dumbed down" like so many celebrity places are in Vegas.

May 28, 2013
Moon Cake in Las Vegas

Top Chef Masters: "What Would Brian Boitano Eat" (8/8/12) [***SPOILERS***]

The thing that irritated me about the fried rice is the fact that it is an American imitation of an Asian dish. It is not Asian at all and I got the feeling she thought she was putting her spin on a Japanese dish. Talk about a lack of food knowledge.

Aug 09, 2012
Moon Cake in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters: "What Would Brian Boitano Eat" (8/8/12) [***SPOILERS***]

It seemed so condescending towards Chris and then he actually kissed him. I think Chris is a more inventive and skilled chef, so Art being condescending made me gag.

Aug 09, 2012
Moon Cake in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters: "What Would Brian Boitano Eat" (8/8/12) [***SPOILERS***]

I still hate Art. He seems so one dimensional. Shrimp & grits? I especially gaged when Art said, "I've kissed some ugly babies." and later we see him kissing Chris' head. When Art won, which I still can't believe, I was hoping Art's cheerleader would go home.

On the other hand, the quick fire dishes were really inspiring.

Aug 08, 2012
Moon Cake in Food Media & News

Top Chef Masters Season 4 July 25th

You're my new hero.

Jul 31, 2012
Moon Cake in Food Media & News

An Iron Chef's Showcase

Dominique Crenn was hardly an Iron Chef and you cannot call her performance on the show a triumph. She cooked weird food and was eliminated early.

Feb 17, 2011
Moon Cake in Features

Point Richmond. At last … German food at The Baltic!

What a waste of $40!

The food was bland, the portions small and the service slow.

I had the grilled, smoked pork chop and it had a really strange smokey flavor. The spaetzel with it was so bland as was the red cabbage. My husband had the venison and it also lacked flavor. Both pieces of meat were small. I find catahoula coffee very weak, even Starbucks is better.

The worst part is that I only went there because of the rave reviews here. It makes me think twice about trusting chow hound.

Sushiya Concord -- Lunch All You Can Eat Sushi

I was in Concord for Fry's and I wanted sushi so I gave it a try. It is true that I ate a lot of sushi for $15 but it was far from great. It was barely good.

For the nigiri, the fish was fresh but the rice was so over seasoned it was falling apart and the taste overwhelmed the more delicate fish. I know S U said the rice isn't "giant belly filling lumps" but that is not true for the maki rolls. They are rolled with waaaay too much rice.

Then there's the service. One guy cranking out all the sushi and two waiters just standing around waiting (and waiting) for this guy to finish a tray to bring to a table. There were only two other tables there besides ours and it still took a looooong time to get an order. I can't imagine what they do when there's five or six tables. They are definitely counting on people getting tired of waiting rather than eating their fill of sushi.

If you want all-you-can-eat sushi try Edoko on University in Berkeley or Hana Sushi on Van Ness in San Francisco. They're both worth the drive.