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Best halva?

You two are tops in my book. Samiramis is my hangout-to-be.

May 20, 2014
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

Best halva?

I reckon there must be good halvas and bad halvas. I used to have the guy at Haig's chop a half-pound off the wheel, but those days are over. Can you recommend some truly top-drawer local stuff? San Francisco and North Bay locations preferred.

May 19, 2014
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Yank Sing for the first time [San Francisco]

I go to the Rincon Annex restaurant. It's one of San Francisco's great eating pleasures. The food is fantastic, the service is perfect (Are all of the waitresses now fluent in English? How things change!), special requests are immediately attended to, and the last two times I've gone, before noon on a Saturday, I've been seated immediately. Finally, the 蔥油餅 (scallion cakes) are exquisite—delicate, flaky pastries formed into rings like tiny savory donuts. My new favorite food.

May 14, 2014
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Yank Sing for the first time [San Francisco]

Pu'er and jasmine are about it. They've also got chrysanthymum and oolong.

May 14, 2014
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

New Chinese.. "House of Pancake" 937 Taraval bet 19th and 20th [San Francisco]

馬蘭頭 is Kalimeris indica. "Also known as Indian aster or Indian Kalimeris, [it] is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae (Compositae). Kalimeris indica, like other species in the genus of Kalimeris, occurs mainly in eastern Asian countries of China, Korea and Japan, but has been introduced to California and Hawaii." See http://beautiful-in-life.blogspot.com....

Apr 17, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

The Heirloom Cafe (2500 Folsom, SF)

I enjoy good wine too. And some of the wines on the list are excellent. Few are obscure and all but one is available by the glass (prices from 10 to 20 dollars per glass, with most around 13), which is terrific.

Apr 06, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area
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The Heirloom Cafe (2500 Folsom, SF)

The gist is it's damn good. The owner also acts as sommelier and the wine list is excellent (approved by Lander's wife, Jancis Robinson). Corkage is $25 for young wines, $10 for anything 2002 or older. The service is good and a substitution was made graciously.

Apr 06, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

New Chinese.. "House of Pancake" 937 Taraval bet 19th and 20th [San Francisco]

By the way, the Chinese name of the restaurant is 餡餅之家 (xianbing zhi jia).

Mar 24, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

New Chinese.. "House of Pancake" 937 Taraval bet 19th and 20th [San Francisco]

Thanks very much, hb. Nothing lazy about your pinyin. A dozen years ago I was vainly searching for 餡餅 in California, dreaming of the very different, but equally scrumptious versions I'd had in Taipei and Beijing. Since that time, I've given up meat, but I remain curious and will certainly be trying the vegetable version on Taraval soon.

Mar 10, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

New Chinese.. "House of Pancake" 937 Taraval bet 19th and 20th [San Francisco]

Are the pancakes 餡餅?

Mar 10, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

A staid restaurant in San Francisco.

I had an excellent vegan meal at MM some years ago, improvised without fuss, but you've headed into a price region Mom will not tolerate.

Mar 10, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

A staid restaurant in San Francisco.

"Staid" is how my mother refers to the Hayes Street Grill and Tadich. I'm looking for "staid + vegan-friendly." The requirements are as follows: excellent service (we do not want to learn our server's name), good parking (valet or nearby lot), quiet, excellent food with several dishes for a vegan, wine, nothing remotely hip, reservations accepted.

Mar 10, 2013
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

New vegetarian options near Hollywood?

Thanks, but you sort of missed the point. And Paru's is not a good restaurant.

Nov 22, 2006
samo in Los Angeles Area

New vegetarian options near Hollywood?

Some years ago I frequently visited Carnival, Carousel, Zankou, Sham, Abbot Kinney Pizza, Ding Tai Feng, Blue Marlin, Sunnin, and a bunch of restaurants in Monterey Park and Artesia, eating terrific vegetarian meals at restaurants that serve lots of meat. Even Campanile and Border Grill have made me exceedingly nice food. I'd like to dine royally tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday in and around Hollywood but I'm willing to go as far as Venice. Where? I do not eat dairy products or eggs.

Nov 22, 2006
samo in Los Angeles Area

Ferry Plaza - Langier's Pawpaws

Pawpaws are still available at the Langier's stand in front of the Ferry Building, on the left side as you face the clock tower. Among the most luscious fruits I've ever had. (I'm going to grow a pawpaw tree or three from seed. Call me in four years for some fruit.) (Really.)

Sep 07, 2006
samo in San Francisco Bay Area

Abbot's Pizza

Scoot, you are so right on. People go on and on about how great the Mexican is and how great the pizza is and how there's good Korean and good Italian but you are not going to get any better than decent bulgogi, decent carnitas, decent pizza, decent sag paneer, decent fish tacos, decent pastrami, decent bagels, decent salads, decent oranges and avocadoes in this town.

Sep 07, 2006
samo in Los Angeles Area