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Cafe Troya Update

enjoy it! not sure the Aziza analogy can be made in terms of overall quality, so again, my sense is that there's demand for more variations.

May 20, 2008
alazarus in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Troya Update

my sense is that there could be an opportunity for another chef/merchant to do something a little different. we'd definitely check it out. there's a stretch of Second Avenue in New York that has an assortment of such eateries:

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

May 20, 2008
alazarus in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Troya Update

i think i know why it isn't so hard to get a table at Troya. my wife and i walked in and had an pretty underwhelming dinner there two weekends ago.

briefly, the Mediterranean spreads were just plain bland (compare them to those at Aziza and you'll know the difference); the flatbread was ok. the manti were more like ravioili than the smallish dumplings they ought to be; also, they must sit in a tangy yogurt sauce, not just get zigzagged with some out of a squirt bottle. the moussaka had nothing in the way of texture to hold it together.

the biggest disappointment, though, was the baklava: dry, honeyless and unsticky. we should have sent it back or shimmed a table with it.

total, with a couple of glasses of wine, tax and tip was $84. we'll stick to Sunrise Deli on Irving and with Aziza for splurges.

May 19, 2008
alazarus in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant Warning Signs

11. the press (but not the blogs) usually do a good job.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-07-25/news/arroz-con-caca/

12. then there's the city.

http://www.dph.sf.ca.us/eh/Violations...

Jul 30, 2007
alazarus in Features

Guacamole

i'm trying to think of a way to *ruin* quacamole once you start with some good avocado.

Feb 08, 2007
alazarus in Recipes

You'd Better Be Anorexic

i have had several reactions to this. one was "zzz." another was "call the waaambulance." then came "you know what? she may be entitled to eat very slowly, but it's perfectly valid to feel annoyed and uncomfortable."

some people take the joy and camaraderie out of everything, and it's not enjoyable or appetizing to spend time with them.

Nov 02, 2006
alazarus in Features

Food Blogs Shun Spinach Controversy

no bagged spinach for a month? whatsa big deal? if there's arugula or mache or, god forbid, romaine, i'll live. [can html be added? anybody?]

Sep 19, 2006
alazarus in Features

Food Blogs Shun Spinach Controversy

no bagged spinach for a month? whatsa big deal? if there's arugula or <a href="http://www.evergreenherbs.com/Freshlettuces/mache.htm">mache</a> or, god forbid, <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...>, i'll live.

Sep 19, 2006
alazarus in Features