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How long will a Quiche last in the fridge?

Hi,

I have a quiche that's been in the fridge 6-7 days. It was store bought (from Whole Foods), frozen and thawed in the fridge. (It thawed the first day.) It still looks and smells fine...do you think it's ok to eat, or should I toss it?

Apr 24, 2014
Radical347 in General Topics

NEW: Yokohama Iekei Ramen in Union City

Do you know if the takoyaki is made from scratch, or is it the frozen and reheated kind?

Unusual SouthBay goodies for my Wicked Aunts Tour?

Durian Cream Puffs at the bakery in Grand Century Mall, right at the entrance.

Any mainstream grocery stores selling ethnic asian herbs?

I concur. The 99 Ranch in Cupertino is the only one where I've found a robust herb selection.

Namu Gaji - SF

We went here for dinner on Saturday. The creativity in the food was appreciated. The flavors for the most part melded together pretty well.

We ordered: Oxtail ($16) which was a generous portion of off-the-bone oxtail and rice cakes in a gochujang sauce. It was a pleasant sweet and spicy flavor, and the oxtail was near melt in your mouth tender, and slightly sweet.

Ramyun ($16) Handmade noodles, a 4505 hot dog cut up into pieces and a panko-crusted egg. The noodles were nice but could have stood to be a little more chewy. The panko crusting didn't add much to the dish except novelty, although the egg was perfectly runny. I felt the broth was a little too spicy and masked some of the flavors that could have shone through (the waiter said it was made with pork, beef, and chicken stock...it just tasted like pepper). I appreciated the nod to army base stew but a bowl of ramen with these simple of ingredients, even from legit providers, shouldn't be more than ~$12.

Tacos: Tofu ($3) and Chicken ($3.50). These had a double seaweed shell rather than on corn tortillas. While I like that they did something different than the norm, these didn't exactly work. Both of them fell apart during the first bite. It didn't need the scoops of rice. The tofu taco was pretty bad, the tofu being cold, mushy, and flavorless and not standing up to the mushy and flavorless rice. The sauce didn't save it. The chicken one was much better, with firm spicy-sweet cubes, but it still fell apart. Also, these are exclusively on the happy hour menu but these are not happy hour prices in my opinion, especially the beef taco ($5.50) which we avoided for that reason.

Prices IMO looked to be about 30-60% too high on most things, even despite the fact that they responsibly source their ingredients. They said most of the items listed in the "plates" category, most around $15 but some upwards of $20, are not really enough for one person, and from looking around at the diners that seemed to be the case. The oxtail's pricing was spot on, but almost everything else on the menu looked overpriced some pretty badly. Okonomiyaki and Stone Bibimbap for $18 is too high. So is a $16 burger with +$2 for cheese. Listing a $5.50 beef taco in the happy hour menu, let alone at all, is just blasphemy. If one doesn't take pricing into consideration with what they order here, the bill could end up being very large.

That being said, they did have a very good deal on happy hour beers, for $3/pint, and kudos to them for having it every day (5-6:30) even Saturday. Their selection (Linden St. Burning Oak Black, Magnolia Kalifornia Kolsch, and Unpasteurized Asahi) was short but sweet, and I'm happy to see Asahi since it's my favorite of the "common" Japanese beers but seems to be less prevalent than Sapporo and Kirin.

In addition to selective ordering, the beer also balanced the pricing out and the meal ended up costing just about what it should in my opinion. Between the 2 of us, for 2 mains, 4 tacos, and 6 beers after tax & 15% tip it was ~$80.

Any mainstream grocery stores selling ethnic asian herbs?

Not sure where you are at, but in the South Bay there's Lion. While it's a Vietnamese grocery store, there are plenty of locations and they all have an excellent selection of Vietnamese herbs (and other produce).

Sura in Temescal (on Telegraph)

This is devastating news to me, It was my 2nd favorite Korean restaurant in the Bay Area (after To Hyang) and now I will never be able to try all of their Chicken Ginseng Soups.

While there are worse Korean (or non-Korean) restaurants that could have taken the spot over, I'm not bowl'd over by the further expansion of the Ohgane empire.

China Bee in San Mateo?

It was deep-fried, topped with a small amount of sauerkraut and served in a shallow vinegary sauce.

Cafe Stritch, san jose - reports?

The food cannot be the main attraction at this place. We went a couple of months ago so it may have improved, but we're in no hurry to order food here anytime soon.

When we went we had the Eulipian sandwich (breaded chicken, goat cheese, honey mustard) and the Chicken Pot Pie...the sandwich was ok, but tasted like it had a somewhat generic spice. (MSG?) The bread got soggy fairly quickly.

The chicken pot pie was pre-made and heated up. But the inside was still cold, so I asked them to reheat it. Once reheated it was fine, but oddly, it tasted almost exactly the same as the Eulipian sandwich. Undercooked items seems to be a fairly common problem here -- I knew someone who ordered the chicken & waffles and it was still bloody.

At least you're not paying up the wall here...

China Bee in San Mateo?

These were the two dishes I had when we went recently -- stinky tofu and beef tendon noodle soup.

Tendon was melt in your mouth, noodles had a nice chewy consistency. Broth was kind of bland and not very deep.

I liked the stinky tofu but don't have much to compare it to.

Mexican in San Jose

For great Oaxacan, try Monte Alban. 960 S 1st. Their mole can't be beat.

A bit further up in Japantown, Taqueria Corona at 601 N 4th. They have good fried snapper, daily menudo, and birria de borrego (Fri-Sun.)

Is Greens on the Uphill? [San Francisco]

Last time I was there was in 2010, and while the environment and service were very good, the food was just so lackluster. The quality of ingredients were good but the preparations are "blah". I mean you could go to any farmers market and buy a few random veggies and condiments and toss some in a bowl, maybe heat for a little bit, and you'd have something not out of place from what Greens serves. I agree that it's overpriced. $22 for Thai Curry? (And Veggie Curry, at that?) :-\

The restaurant has branding...and I wonder if that's why it gets in all these lists. I've met Annie Somerville and she's very nice. The restaurant seems to be doing pretty well, so she knows what she's doing. The menu is safe for the masses, maybe visitors from suburbia who think they're required to go to a vegetarian restaurant just because they're in SF, but the critics (Bauer, Eater 38 now) have no excuse.

I agree that Greens to Go, being cheaper, is a decent choice when you want that kind of stuff but still non-essential.

Chains that Cold-Brew their Iced Coffee?

It's a Grind cold brews.

Does anyone remember Diedrich? They were the ones that introduced me to cold-brewed coffee. Too bad they got acquired by Starbucks.

Apr 23, 2013
Radical347 in Chains

Chains that Cold-Brew their Iced Coffee?

No...neither Starbucks nor Peet's cold brews. But Caribou, which the company that owns Peet's recently acquired, so maybe they'll start.

Apr 23, 2013
Radical347 in Chains

How long do Chinese Boiled Salted Duck eggs last?

Thanks for the reply...I feel better about them now. :) On the package it says "Boiled Salted" so I am assuming they would be boiled, unless it is a euphemistic term (i.e. Hundred Year Old eggs, which aren't really 100 years old.). I have attached a picture.

Apr 17, 2013
Radical347 in General Topics

How long do Chinese Boiled Salted Duck eggs last?

Hi,
I have a container of these that I got at Ranch 99 awhile back. They're probably 6-8 months old. They're not the "Preserved Duck Eggs" but rather "Boiled Salted Duck Shownice Eggs"...but they look pretty similar. They're still individually vacuum-sealed. Does anyone know if these would still be safe to eat?

Apr 17, 2013
Radical347 in General Topics

Cold Brew Coffee - Peninsula & South Bay

I'm looking for places to find cold brewed coffee in the South Bay or Peninsula (particularly San Mateo). It's relatively sparse here, although San Francisco seems to have dozens of places that serve it.

So far, I know of:

Peninsula:
Clear Optometry (San Mateo...they serve New Orleans Iced Coffee--but I'm looking more for a plain cup of cold brew)
Canyon (RWC)
Back Yard (RWC)
It's a Grind (Burlingame)
ZombieRunner (Palo Alto)
Fraiche (Palo Alto)

South Bay:
B2/Bellano Coffee (SJ)
Barefoot (SJ/LG)
Roy's Station (SJ)
Cafe Legato (SJ)
Chromatic (SC)
Fresh Grind-formerly It's a Grind (SJ/Cupertino)
Great Bear (Los Gatos)
Coffee & More (Sunnyvale)

please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

To Hyang is better, in my opinion. But in general, Santa Clara has better Korean food than SF.

please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

I remember when it opened in 2008 to little fanfare. Best food ever, but I usually had the entire restaurant to myself.

After it was featured on Bourdain's show, it was impossible to get in. Totally packed. It's sad to hear that it's quieted down again.

I agree that it's in a whole 'nother league from virtually of the Korean restaurants in SF. I haven't tried YakiniQ yet but it's on my list now.

please go to To Hyang [San Francisco]

They have a lot of dishes that aren't so ubiquitous among K-restos & these are the ones that they excel at. In addition to the Yuk Hwe (raw beef), Pork Belly Salad, So Kori Jjim (Oxtail w/ dates & chestnuts) that vulber mentioned, there's also Jogi (half-fermented kingfish), Dak Dori Tang (savory chicken stew), and others. Their bibimbap has a couple of unusual ingredients too (fernbracken, bellflower, sesame oil)

In addition, she does not take the easy way out or use prepackaged anything. Their fermented soybean soup is made from paste that she began fermenting many years ago when she owned a restaurant in Korea. She makes her own soy sauce. If you look out the bathroom window, there are jars in the backyard where the soy sauce, paste, kimchi, etc. is fermenting.

Brown Rice Spring Roll Wrappers (Bánh Tráng) by Star Anise Foods in San Francisco

Thanks for alerting me to these! I'll check them out for sure.

Mission Chinese Food report [San Francisco]

We went here recently (after Santa Con) and the food was good (black rockfish sashimi, spicy chicken thigh and hearts, and a lamb cheek soup.)

But we had accidentally left some of our props. We went back an hour later to retrieve them and found out that one of the restaurants' employees had thrown them into the street where they had been run over by cars.

They weren't that expensive, but that was very inappropriate to do to a paying customer. Having the occasional rude employee may be one thing, but this was on a completely different level. We will not be going back nor recommending this place to anybody.

Which SF Korean BBQ places give you lettuce to wrap the meat?

Every KBBQ spot I've been to has served lettuce. If they don't typically serve it, I'm sure you can ask for it.

Which SF Korean BBQ places give you lettuce to wrap the meat?

Gooyi Gooyi in Santa Clara also has dduk bo ssam.

Any place to find tteok (Korean sweet rice cakes) in the Bay?

I know it's after New Year's Day, but there's also:

EWHA Dang
1076 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Yewon
1591 Pomeroy Ave
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Seoul Rice Bakery
3412 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Kung Sil Rice Bakery
2725 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051

JR in Hayward and EWHA Dang you have to get at the bakeries themselves, but are very good. Seoul, and Kung Sil products you can get at any Korean grocery store in the Bay Area. Yewon I think you can also get at the stores in the South Bay, but the bakery has a few additional products.

Most of these places make Korean rice cakes of all shapes & colors & ingredients.

Safeway in Oakland is charging $3.29 for one can of Blackeyed Peas!

Safeway is the wrong place for just about everything.

11pm to midnight, or later, San Jose to Oakland airport

The Ulferts shopping center in Mlipitas (600-block of Barber Lane) has China Palace and Top Cafe, both open until 3. There's also FT BBQ, open until 1, which is a little overly greasy but not tasty.

Great places near San Jose Convention Center?

I agree that DTSJ is hardly the culinary center of the South Bay, but what's wrong with Original Joe's? Yes, it's old-school red-sauce Italian but it does it well.

The OP brought up a very good point about La Vic's being the best of their trip--often times the best food is also the cheapest, in simple settings. Speaking of, If I'd hit this topic sooner, I would have seconded charlie's rec of Monte Alban. It's where I go about 80% of the time when I feel like eating somewhere not far from downtown (La Victoria takes up the other 20%.)

San Jose rec request for 1 week visit please

Monte Alban for Oaxacan is a few blocks away from Mezcal and is unbeatable.

Walia (Ethiopian) in San Jose

Ghion, 1015 Park Ave. in San Jose.

This place has the biggest flavors of the Ethiopian restaurants I've been to, but still balanced. The injera is EXTREMELY tangy. The doro wot (chicken) is spicy but wraps around and meshes with the injera.

The only downside is, the wait is extremely long--probably because they make everything fresh, including the injera. There really isn't any ambiance either, but I don't consider that a downside.