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ISO Breakfast Burritos

thanks so much ruth for the links. i have to get myself over there soon; they sound really great! will report back!

Mar 15, 2010
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Breakfast Burritos

thanks for the link melanie. looking forward to trying the place out this week! hopefully i'll have good news to report back

Mar 15, 2010
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Breakfast Burritos

thanks for correcting that. yes, the article talks about breakfast tacos. i had a follow up conversation with a friend regarding breakfast burritos and my interest in both breakfast burritos/tacos must have somehow blurred at the moment. perhaps i was a bit over-eager or something to get the thread up there. anyway, silly mistake on my part. sorry for the confusion. but ultimately, i'm interested in both breakfast burritos and breakfast tacos.

Mar 15, 2010
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Breakfast Burritos

i just read a terrific article in the times about breakfast burritos in austin, tx: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/dining/10united.html?pagewanted=1.

i also just read a very general summary of breakfast burritos in america on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrito#....

i am now craving breakfast burritos. unfortunately i wasn't able to bring up any threads that focused mainly on breakfast burritos. and my knowledge of breakfast burritos is very limited. so i was wondering if anybody can direct me to some of SF's great/best breakfast burrito joints? :

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i should also point out that i'm less interested in gourmet/high-end versions, but rather the types prepared at more humble/less-fancy/considerably-inexpensive establishments.

i live in sf, so i would prefer sf. but other bay area recs are welcome also.

thanks so much! :D

Mar 10, 2010
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Taiwanese sit-down, family-style dinner

hey LA chowhound peeps!

i'm searching for a really terrific sit-down dinner at a taiwanese restaurant(s) that offer some authentic staples (and/or taiwanese style versions of mainland dishes). i assume that the key locations for such a restaurant(s) would be SGV, rowland heights, or irvine?

ideally, i would hope to find great versions of such dishes as:
菜脯蛋 -scrambled eggs with vegetable
鴨紅 -duck's blood
炒臭豆腐 -sauteed stinky tofu
三杯雞 -3 cup chicken
豬腳麵 -pig's feet noodles (or just pig's feet)
香干肉絲 -shredded meat with dried bean curd
滷肉飯 -minced pork over rice
...and etc.

suggestions for places that prepare taiwanese street food are welcome, but not necessary for this particular trip. i'm slightly more interested in the sit-down family-style dinner type of meal. besides if there's room for street snacks, i assume a place like indian or sinbala would be a good fit? let me know if i'm wrong about that. :)

so you can kind of get the idea of what i'm looking for. of course i don't expect to find a single restaurant that does everything well, but if there's a spot that executes 1-2-3 dishes really really well, i would be happy.

as for taiwanese breakfast, i've come across threads that recommended places like Yi Mei and Four Sea for their 咸豆漿 (salty soy milk) and 飯團 (rice roll). thanks a lot for that LA hounds. but if there's one place that you personally would pick for my short time in LA for a great overall experience for taiwanese breakfast, which one would you choose?

and here's just a fun question for the sake of asking it since i'll be spending some time in that part of town anyway: for a taiwanese chinese guy like myself, is there a single taiwanese item(s) that's like a "must-do" or "cannot-miss" that will put the biggest smile on my face? it can be anything from sweets to savory.

i'll have a car, so i'll be willing to drive the distance for the cravings.

thanks so much in advance fellow hounds! i'll certainly report back and let you know where i end up going :)

you guys rock!

Jan 17, 2010
52X in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: A Couple of High Notes at Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant

thanks!

Jan 15, 2010
52X in Los Angeles Area

REVIEW w/ pics: A Couple of High Notes at Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant

is this the preferred branch over the one in rowland heights? or are they both pretty much the same, quality-wise?

Jan 14, 2010
52X in Los Angeles Area

ISO venezuelan sandwich

interesting. i'm not very familiar with puerto rican food at all. but it does sound pretty similar. thanks so much for clarifying that! patacones or not, that bistec sandwich sounds pretty tasty. definitely need to do another northbay trip real soon.

Dec 02, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO venezuelan sandwich

thanks a lot melanie. any idea how much their pabellon is? i couldn't find the price on their menu online for some reason. their arepas and spicy hot chocolate (!) sound delicious as well.

Dec 01, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO venezuelan sandwich

thanks for the lowdown on pica pica. i'll be sure to check out the patacones at el majahual real soon. much appreciated!

Dec 01, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO venezuelan sandwich

i believe it's called patacones or patacones rellenos: "Shredded beef, special sauce, ketchup, mayo, lettuce, fried cheese, on a double-fried plantain bun." (http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/11/off-the-beaten-path-patacon-pisaos-carne-mechada-patacon-elmhurst-queens.html

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i visited family/friends in ny during thanksgiving when my buddy turned me on to this fantastic venezuelan joint specializing in this type of plantain sandwich in elmhurst. check out the pics from the link and the pic i took below. are there any venezuelan spots in the bay area that makes this stuff?

the only thread that seemed remotely close was one about Pica Pica: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615976.

any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much.

Dec 01, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

Quince on the menu?

had a delicious quince crumb donut at dynamo last saturday: $3. best to check their twitter before heading over there, since they change it up everyday: http://twitter.com/dynamodonut.

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Dynamo Donuts and Coffee
2760 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nov 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown: Mao Family Cooking, San Mateo

i believe kong xin cai is translated as chinese watercress

Oct 22, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

Need help with Indian food

i have very little knowledge of indian cuisine; what's the difference between fancified indian food versus traditional indian food? does fancified mean high end/gourmet?

Sep 15, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

Sakoon (Mountain View)

great review mdg. would you say this is the best place for indian in silicon valley right now?

Sep 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

Feedback on our trip:

on saturday, we gunned straight up to Santa Rosa from SF via the 101, for the Santa Rosa Farmer's market at the vets building on maple (thanks for suggesting that idea for us Melanie_Wong). it turned out to be a very good first start for our day. we didn't get to stay for very long since we got somewhat of a late start that morning, but we did a pretty decent, quick walk-around of the lot and bought some good treats. we bought a few heirloom tomatoes from "The Patch" and a handful of candy sweet pluots & white peaches from the "Hamlow" vendor. we're looking forward to making a beautiful tomato salad out of the heirlooms. :) and those pluots were incredibly ripe and juicy.

we eventually made our way to the El Caches truck located in the back and decided to try one of their tamales de dulce (cinnamon & raisan). what threw me off a bit from the first bite was the consistency of the masa, having quite a crumbly texture which resembled similarly to a dense cupcake. i've had a similar experience with this crumbly form from a tamale i had in LA at La Mascota Bakery on whittier blvd (lamascotabakery.com). i'm not a tamale expert at all, but i've had my share of some pretty good hot, fresh tamales in the past. although it's difficult for me to judge whether this was authentic or how it should be served, nevertheless, i actually quite enjoyed it.

our next stop was to check out one of the latino joints along the Sebastopol Rd around the Roseland area, mentioned by Eat_Nopal in this thread; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/545216. we drove up and down Sebastopol and finally ended up at the Delicias Elenita Taco Truck. we ordered a carnitas taco & a chorizo taco from the truck and a tamale (queso) from the La Fondita Tamale Cart located alongside the taco truck. having really great tasting salsa over perfectly seasoned & slightly charred bits of pork, the chorizo taco was by far our favorite of the three items we got at this location. the carnitas taco and tamale queso were pretty solid, but not as enjoyable as the chorizo taco. actually, i was expecting the name of the tamale cart to be "Beto's Tamales Cart" as stated by Eat_Nopal in the above thread. so i'm wondering, was this cart eventually renamed to La Fondita Tamale Cart?

the Kozlowski store was the next stop and we had a great time here sampling everything. in addition to having a fun experience at the store, we happened to bump into a CH celebrity; the sweet and lovely Nancy Berry! Nancy, if you're reading this, it was a pleasure meeting you that day and thanks so much for your insight! :) as for the food, here's what we bought:

1) a jar of lemon curd jam - really great. we found it to be probably the most unique and flavorful of all the samples.

2) gravenstein apple cider - terrific! we bought a sizable cup for $2 and shared it, as rworange suggested. it was exactly the kind of thirst-quenching beverage we needed on a very hot, sweaty day like saturday in sebastopol. the sediments at the bottom of the apple cider became more visible with every sip, and it also got progressively sweeter. it was so great that i had to run back in and buy a jug for myself to take home for the week.

3) gravenstein apples - we bought about 3 lbs. of apples for the both of us to share ($1.50 a lb). having zero experience at picking gravensteins, we tried our best to pick what seemed right to us. they were beautifully small, rose red with spotty light green streaks. they tasted really great and ripened with natural sweetness.

4) old fashioned apple pie - it was their last fully-baked apple pie that day. we also bought their frozen pie to bake at home. i had my first slice today (the next morning) and it was heavenly. after a night in the refrigerator, what i should've done this morning was reheat the pie in my oven for about 20 minutes to optimize the flavors of the filling and crust, as suggested by my gf. but i couldn't wait and decided to microwave (by slice) instead. not the best crust i've had on a pie, but the apple filling was incredibly scrumptious.

next up was The Fiesta Market on gravenstein hwy for the BBQ tri-tip. i must say, what an exciting sight to see workers working the grill outside of the market as we pulled into the lot. we went with the teriyaki style BBQ tri-tip, since everybody there (including the cashier inside) recommended it. by the way, has anybody tried the other styles? admittedly, i was a bit skeptical of the teriyaki style at first but i wanted to trust their judgement, and "go with the flow." so we went with the flow and it actually turned out to be quite tasty and aromatic. but out of everything we ate that day, this was probably the least enjoyable. the only criticism i have was that the chunk of meat was undeniably thick, and difficult for us to slice through, particularly with the use of plastic forks/knives taken from the salad bar inside the market. we ate about 65% of the tri-tip there at the lot, took the rest home, and is now sitting in my refrigerator... waiting to be made into a soup sometime this week!

Screamin' Mimi's on Sebastopol Ave was next and we both shared a small cup of 3 scoops (lemon sorbet, strawberry rose sorbet, and local strawberry). the lemon sorbet flavor was advertised as having freshly squeezed lemon juice. it had a very zestful pungency to the taste; it was probably our favorite of the 3 flavors. the strawberry rose sorbet had quite a distinctive rose-like accent, which also had pieces of actual small strawberries mixed in the sorbet. the local strawberry ice cream flavor had a stamp that reminded me of the ice cream i had once at Brown's Ice Cream in York, ME (http://www.yelp.com/biz/browns-old-fa...); very milky, fresh-tasting, and soothing. this place was pretty great and had a relaxing feel. we took some fun photos with the big giant candy apple located down the alley of Burnett Ave before leaving. :

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on our way home down the 101, we stopped at Petaluma for turkish food at Real Doner. we ordered the adana kebap plate. the kind, middle-aged gentleman (without glasses) who took the order gave us a smile and commented, "ahh yes, that's our specialty." and from there, we knew immediately that we were in good hands. i was tempted to try the ayana, but ultimately went with the fantastic turkish coffee (so it can wake my senses for the ride back home) which came at the very end of my meal. i requested for a perfectly balanced medium sugar level.

the long adana kebap came out on a plate with rice, freshly chopped red onions, salad topped with feta cheese (looked like a pretty standard greek salad), and a yogurt dip. this was excellent. every bite of the adana kebap was deliciously juicy, had slightly charred tones, and was perfectly seasoned. i would definitely order this again. after a few bites in, the chef plants a basket of turkish pide bread on our table for us. it wasn't fresh out of the oven like with other people's experiences, but it was still very appetizing and pleasant as a dipping bread with the yogurt. what can i say, it was the perfect ending meal to our fun trip in the sonoma area.

we got back on the road at 7pm via the 101 for SF, and didn't hit any traffic the whole way down until we reached the Golden Gate Headlands area. it wasn't bad at all.

i just wanted to say thanks so much to everybody for their recommendations/suggestions, help, and guidance. we wouldn't have had such a great time in the sonoma area without your help! :D

P.S. in case you're wondering, we DID end up going to the lavendar farm at Matanzas Creek Winery. and it was pretty extraordinary.

here are a few pictures

Aug 09, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

HAHAHA hey, go easy on me! it's my first time!

Aug 07, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

wow, is the traffic that bad down the 101 starting from Petaluma, all the way through the GGB? is it usually less congested taking the 116 to 37 to 80, going through Vallejo?

and in regards to traffic, where does the congestion usually start on the 101 southbound? the reason why i ask is because i'm also wondering about the alternate route of taking the 101, then switching to the 580 (crossing the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge), then connecting with 80 in east bay. does that sound like an okay idea?

thanks wolfe for confirming the GPS situation. i'll make sure the addresses are current!

Aug 07, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

i really appreciate everybody's insight on their best route options. in fact, we plan on revisiting and taking advantage of the alternate routes in the future for the scenic views, the hikes, etc. so really, thanks so much everybody for the help!

well, initially, the priority of this trip was to go for a casual, scenic walk together through the Matanza Creek's lavender. plus we thought it would be a great opportunity for us to take advantage of the culinary highlights of the sonoma area since this would be our first time. but now, having heard from Columba (thanks Columba!) that we may have missed the harvest, our plans for the walk have shifted a little. Benziger, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa farmer's market, etc., sounds like really great plan B options for us. so we're still deciding on what to do for that portion of the trip. nevertheless, we're still gungho about the food portion of the trip; the seasonal goods at sebastopol and the latino/southeast asian/middle eastern options in santa rosa & petaluma.

Ga Ga and Hardcore Organic sound like great options for us to get caffeinated and ready for the nightmare of a ride back down at the end of the day (at least it sounds like it'll be a nightmare hehe). thanks for the P.S., because we planned on using our gps for the ride, but now it looks like we really need to get a decent map.

Aug 07, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

around what time do you think is a good time to start driving again (after the traffic has died down)? or when is a bad time to drive back down (5pm-8pm)?

Aug 07, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

thanks a lot for the clarification :)

Aug 06, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

has anybody had a really great sfogliatella called the "Sfogliatella Santa Rosa" in the Santa Rosa area or within proximity? i'm not very informed about sfogliatellas in general, but am curious to know if it's a Santa Rosa locals only thing, or a general type of sfogliatella that's nothing special.

Aug 06, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

thanks so much rworange! this is exactly the kind of thing i'm curious about in regards to cannot-miss-items and seasonal specialties. i really appreciate you taking the time to lay out a hypothetical itinerary/guideline for us to consider (with links and info).

i wonder if there's a place in the sebastopol area that makes grav apple pancakes. i would imagine them to taste pretty great from freshly picked grav apples. i tried doing a search for them, but i couldn't really get a solid find. i'm not dying to find one, but was just curious since grav apples are in season.

but so far, i think we're going to consider hitting up most of the above suggestions revolving around grav apples and blackberries. :)

Aug 06, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

"Do you have specific business in Santa Rosa?"

well, we plan on taking a walk along the lavender farms in Matanzas Creek Winery for the views and relaxation (via nytimes article: http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/travel/escapes/31lavender.html?ref=travel, http://www.matanzascreek.com/estate/i...). and we'll most likely make a pitstop at Sebastopol for the farms :) but we are open to suggestions. would you say there's better options for food from "Petaluma-Marshall-Sebastopol" than "Petaluma-Rohnert Park-Santa Rosa-Sebastopol?" i'm just wondering if the drive from Petaluma-Marshall-Sebastopol-Santa Rosa is worth looking into, instead of driving straight up to Santa Rosa on the 101.

as much as i'd like to check out Healdsburg (thanks for recommending it celeryroot), i feel like it might be slightly more worthwhile to take advantage of the seasonal goods in Sebastopol :) but just so i understand the proximity of the towns, is Healdsburg really only a 15 minute drive up from Santa Rosa? if so, stopping by Healdsburg might be a good thing to consider....before heading back down for Sebastopol, then home.

thanks a lot for everyone's help :)

Aug 06, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

thanks for the suggestion! actually, i came across a thread where Eat_Nopal stated the calamari steak sandwich as "excellent." have you tried? anything in particularly we should look out for?

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

thanks so much for suggesting that. i took a glance at their menu and they seem to serve mostly italian style food. is there anything else worth trying besides the beer bites? by the way, the beer bites sounds pretty good as a snack...

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

is Hwy 1 slightly more scenic than 101? or are there just better options for food along that road?

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

thanks so much for your suggestions! is Aram's comparable to the kind of armenian food that's available in southern california?

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

from SF to Santa Rosa: must-do's, standouts, cannot miss items?

our trip will be this saturday August 8th, leaving SF at 9am. we don't have anything schedule yet, since this was really just an idea for us to get out of SF (with Santa Rosa as our destination) and explore a little of the north. thanks so much for your input, especially regarding the gravensteins! just curious, would you happen to know when the harvest ends for gravensteins? sounds like we just might have to return to santa rosa for the crane melon barn :)

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area

Sebastopol: Smiling Sun Farms biodynamic CSA - I brake for organic eggs

did they have a sit-down area where they served you fried eggs there? or did you fry up the eggs at home after buying them from the farm?

Aug 05, 2009
52X in San Francisco Bay Area