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Hakka Restaurant or other choice for chinese banquet meal? [San Francisco]

I'm trying to come up with a restaurant for my mom's birthday. Lunch or dinner, about two tables (twenty people). She's actually Hakka, which is why I thought Hakka Restaurant might be fun for her and extended family. Is food still up to par? (I think I last visited four years ago). If I choose Hakka, is it best to go with one of the set menus?

Should I stick with a more reliable choice, like R&G? Or is there another place I'm overlooking?

I was hoping Crystal Jade would be open by now, but looks like the opening date has been pushed back to fall.

Aug 14, 2014
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

what NOT to get at Lers Ros Thai

I love most everything on the menu except these:

Rad nah- plenty of gravy, but just a few noodles and as many veggies on the plate. Don't remember seeing any pork.

BBQ chicken- arrived lukewarm and with shriveled skin, the sauce tasted just like that bottled sweet chili sauce found at Ranch 99. I've had the bbq chicken off those street carts in Bangkok, and this was nothing like that.

Green papaya salad with raw crab- imagined it to have just the crab meat, but actually the salad was topped with a blue crab, shell and all, halved. Required a lot of work to get the meat out, and while a lot of people may love it, apparently raw crab isn't my thing.

Jan 24, 2011
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Grocery Outlet January 2011

What did you think of the Sterling pinot? We bought a few bottles of the 2007 cab and were pretty disappointed.

If anyone's interested, the Pleasant Hill store has plenty of Sterling syrah and zinfindel left, $5.99-$7.99.

Jan 19, 2011
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO schmaltz

Mollie Stone's has it in their freezer section.

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Mollie Stone's
851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

Aug 02, 2010
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy kaffir lime TREES?

Got mine at Sloat Garden Center. There may be a location in the east bay as well.

May 30, 2010
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

U-pick organic farms within SF Bay Area or reasonable driving distance?

You're welcome! I'm going tomorrow too! I also found Farmer's Daughter, which will have u-pick peaches later on this summer. They have other items too, but are closed this weekend for the holiday.

May 30, 2010
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

U-pick organic farms within SF Bay Area or reasonable driving distance?

Was doing a search for the same and came across this info on one of the u-pick websites. Just called and got an answering machine that stated they are organic and u-pick! $2.50 /lb.

Brentwood Organic Cherries
Concord Avenue & Orchard Lane, Brentwood, CA 94513
Phone: 925-516-1365

May 29, 2010
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for Samovar tomorrow for lunch at Yerba Buena location

Was just there last weekend. I guess everyone has differing opinions, but the matcha brownie was the one thing I outright hated- it had a weird consistency. The jook was surprisingly tasty, as was the smoked salmon quiche. We also liked the scones with devonshire cream.

Oct 15, 2009
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Pulcinella Italian? Any reports?

I believe it opened this past July, but haven't seen much information about it.
I'm considering it as the locale for a pre-marathon dinner next week and was wondering if anyone has been yet. Any positive or negative reports?

Thanks.

Oct 06, 2009
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August 2009 Grocery Outlet

I saw it at the Redwood City location too. They also had a curry flavored: http://www.mysecretpantry.com/prodinf...

Aug 13, 2009
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy fresh sugarcane? (Not juice)

Yep, I have seen it at the Alemany Farmers market before.

Aug 13, 2009
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Banana Island (Malaysian, Singapore, Thai), Daly City report w/ pics

Yes, there is, or at least Singaporean. Try Kopitiam in Lafayette- they are known for the chicken rice.

Mar 23, 2009
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Are you a Cheesecake Factory lover?

I was going to say the same. There actually isn't an Olive Garden in Walnut Creek, as surprising as it may be. The closest is in Antioch.

My favorites in WC right now is Kabob House, which is reasonably priced and has great food. I'm also a fan of Sichuan Fortune House in Pleasant Hill, and Korea House (lunch specials) in Concord.

Mar 11, 2009
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

suggestions for pre-marathon carb loading

I just came on here looking for the same information!

In previous years I've held carbo-loading dinners at E'Tutto Qua and Firenze By Night, both in North Beach. I think either would work out well for you.

Oct 10, 2008
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Pandan cake in/around SF

Thanks for the suggestion. Goldilocks is actually where we tried pandan cake and my mom thought it was way too sweet.

Guess I'll keep looking, or maybe try to make my own.

Aug 26, 2008
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Pandan cake in/around SF

I'm looking for a Asian style pandan birthday cake, as that's my mom's absolute favorite cake.

Are there any Chinese, Vietnamese, or other SE Asian bakeries in SF or on the peninsula (or even east bay) that sell this? I know some Filipino bakeries have pandan baked goods, but usually their frosting is too sweet for my mom's tastes.

Aug 24, 2008
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Sichuan fortune house lunch special

Thanks for this, I'd wondered how their lunch specials were.

And I've been having the same worried thoughts about the future of the restaurant, as every time I've eaten here only a few tables have been occupied. Definitely the best Chinese food in Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill/Concord and so I really hope business picks up.

My favorites are the dan dan noodles, tea smoked duck, and cumin lamb.

Jun 16, 2008
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Advice: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam

Cha Ca Va Vong does pack in a crowd, but mainly tourists. Try Cha Ca Anh Vu instead.

I also highly recommend Quan An Ngon, in Hanoi for street food in a nicer setting.

May 13, 2008
alag in China & Southeast Asia

Grocery Outlet May 2008

Nope, this is the second time I've bought it and it's tasted fine both times. Maybe a little more tart than regular applesauce, but definitely more than edible.

May 05, 2008
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Grocery Outlet May 2008

Pleasant Hill, slim pickings this week.

Also picked up a couple bottles of Il Prosecco and Moscato, though haven't tried. Also $1.99. They had plenty of Covey Run for $2.50.

Santa Cruz organic apple raspberry sauce- $1.49

Skinny Cow vanilla and strawberry sorbet bars- pack of 6 for $2.99

Back to Nature crackers, similar to Cheez Its, $0.99

Silk organic soymilk and Silk Lite soymilk, small cartons $0.99, large for $1.99

Nature's Path Peanut Butter Granola and Optimum Rebound Cereal- $1.79

Ghiradelli Brownie Mix. Forgot to note the price, but there was plenty left.

May 05, 2008
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Kuching City & Damai Beach area anyone?

I have family in Kuching so I know the area quite well. Awesome food that I'm always craving! Make sure you try to local Sarawak specialties: laksa and kolo mee. Both are noodle dishes and can be found at any hawker center in Kuching.

At Damai your options are pretty much limited to the hotel restaurants. I haven't been to the Puri yet, but the old Damai Lagoon and Holiday Inn had pretty mediocre food. If you can, try and get the shuttle driver (or taxi, or rental car) to take you to Buntal Village. Just 15 minutes away, if that, and the back of the one road town is lined with seafood restaurants. It's a typical dinner getaway spot for locals in Kuching. The most famous is Lim Hock An, the very last restaurant on the road. Recommend this, or if you want even cheaper (just as good food), the restaurant just before Lim Hock An is fine too. Steamed pomfret is great, same with bamboo snails in garlic, local fern-like veggies (bi-ling, though probably the wrong spelling), tiger prawns in oats and butter. Look at the deli case of seafood and ask for recommendations.

May 05, 2008
alag in China & Southeast Asia

Oakland Kosher vs Tel Aviv Kosher Market and Cheap Matzah Hunt

Okay, I was just at the Whole Foods in Walnut Creek, and they're completely sold out of matzoh! Apparently people got word of a shortage and bought out their entire supply this afternoon. And Whole Foods won't be getting another shipment in.

Any other reports of this around the bay?

Apr 17, 2008
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Coco Luxe Confections, SF --store coming Summer '08

Yep, I talked to her at the Chocolate Salon too. She said they were aiming for June, but it would likely be more like July.

I tried their Good Fortune bar, milk chocolate with ginger and crushed fortune cookies. Neat concept, and good tasting too.

Apr 15, 2008
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where to find fresh sugar cane juice in SF?

Baguette Express on Larkin has fresh sugarcane juice.

Apr 14, 2008
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Boston CH seeks SF advice: Add to: Aziza, For.Cinema, B44....

Lolo- Turkish/Mexican fusion. Fun decor, really great food, and the owners are very personable.

Mar 06, 2008
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breakfast near Walnut Creek

Crepevine has been closed for months now. There's a restaurant called Terra Mar in it's place, but haven't heard much about it.

I love Plaza Cafe on Contra Costa Blvd (in the Safeway shopping center) in Pleasant Hill. I've only been on weekends, but they have eggs benedict, buckwheat pancakes, etc.

Mar 06, 2008
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it really that hopeless? - Korean in the Mission District

Why is Mango Medley listed in there? It's a Hong Kong style cafe. The only Korean item on the menu is the chive pancakes.

Oct 12, 2007
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

best Singaporean foods

Char kway teow is a Chinese dish, not Nonya.

Oct 05, 2007
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Old Town Singapore Cafe Update

<<served with chopped up cucumbers and red onions (not a
> cucumber sauce, which I think is a minus.

This is exactly how it's served in Malaysia.

Sep 24, 2007
alag in San Francisco Bay Area

Old Town Singapore Cafe Update

I loved their Hokkien mee, beef rendang, and butter prawns. Liked their chicken rice too, but I think Kopitiam in Lafayette does a better job with this dish.

Sep 24, 2007
alag in San Francisco Bay Area