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Looking for an event caterer in Berkeley/Oakland for 2 days - breakfast pastries and lunch

we had pals takeaway do the event a few years ago (when it was 75 folks and 1 day long) and it was awesome

i suspect they can handle lunch, but then we are not sure how to handle the coffee and pastries part of it

lobo

Mar 18, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for an event caterer in Berkeley/Oakland for 2 days - breakfast pastries and lunch

hey folks:

wondering if folks have any recommendations for a good, tasty conference catering for an event at David Brower Center in Berkeley. We have approx 175 people attending the event on thu/fri and would require breakfast pastries, coffee, lunch and lunch drinks.

Our past two years, the recommended caterers have been ok, but for the price have been disappointing ($10+ for mediocre sandwiches). So am looking for something tasty and varied.

They have a catering guideline here: http://www.browercenter.org/files/DBC...

and for the curious, this is for CiviCon: http://sf2014.civicrm.org/

lobo

p.s> we do like to feed people well, food is important for the community and for us :)

Mar 18, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Best fishmonger in SF, Peninsula, San Jose?

You just give them a call and place your order. They just have a requirement of min order size (which i think is $50)

lobo

Jan 23, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best fishmonger in SF, Peninsula, San Jose?

Note that if you are buying more than $50 worth of fish,you can also get your stuff from royal hawaiin seafood which is a pretty decent local wholesaler:

http://www.royalhawaiianseafood.com/
http://www.royalhawaiianseafood.com/p...

we've been getting seafood from there for the past few years and are fairly happy.

In SF, nijiya has a pretty decent selection of sushi-grade seafood.

lobo

Jan 22, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

National Pastrami Day: Tues Jan. 14

Mari and I did go to 20th century cafe for lunch yesterday. We got the reuben sandwich, the kale sandwich and the potato knish.

The reuben was quite good. Not too much meat, but nicely toasted bread with some great sauerkraut in it. Mari describes it as juicy and the sauce was a nice balance of tangy and savory that complemented the meat nicely with perfectly toasted buttered bread.

The kale sandwich with goat cheese was quite good and helped balance the meatiness of the reuben. Their knishes are really really good and savory, the kids love them and we use it as a after-school snack periodically.

Total cost for 2 with tax and tip was $26 (no drinks, we had water)

lobo

Jan 15, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area
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National Pastrami Day: Tues Jan. 14

has anyone tried the pastrami sanwich at 20th century cafe? I seem to remember hearing good things about it.

here's where i read about it:

http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2013/08...

i'll try to go there for lunch this week :

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lobo

Jan 13, 2014
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

About to visit - a few specific questions on tours, icecream, tacos [San Francisco]

1. we did a north beach / chinatown food crawl yesterday and that was quite excellent. Lots of places to look at, eat, stop and play.

3. Our kids new new favorite is smitten. Most of their flavors dont have nuts (very simple list of ingredients)

4. Craftsman & Wolves, B. Pattiserie, Knead Pattiserie (and a couple more in bernal) are all awesome fairly new bakeries and well worth a visit

also i've not done it as yet, but have heard good things about the tcho chocolate factory tour (on the embarcadero)

not sure if u r planning to visit either the exploratorium or the academy of sciences, but both have fairly solid food offerings within the museum

lobo

Dec 24, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

NOMA/Downtown - 5 days w/kids [San Francisco]

might want to read this epic recent thread about eating with kids in SF. Lots of great ideas and suggestions:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917027

for great sandwiches check this article:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/10/th...

lobo

Dec 16, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Juhu Beach Club - Temescal [Oakland]

We (3 adults and 2 kids) just wrapped up a great dinner at Juhu Beach Club. We had eaten a few times when JBC had a popup in San Francisco, and were happy to check the relatively new place again.

We showed up at 5:45 pm w/o a reservation and managed to get a table. The place was fairly packed throughout our meal (till 7:45 pm). Overall i thought the food was quite excellent with all dishes being very well spiced and flavorful.

Here's what we ordered and a brief summary:

- The kids got the kids meal which comes in a 3 box plastic tiffin (super cute). Older kid got the butter chicken + rice + salad. Younger kid got the grilled cheese + fries + salad. In general not a big fan of kids meals, but in this case it was worth it, since the other dishes were a bit too boldly spiced to serve as full meals for the kids (who are relatively adventurous and eat everything and take spice in moderation)

The 3 adults shared:

- Sev Puri - this was one large puri with 3 chutneys (tamarind, mint etc). You could not pop this puri in your mouth in one bite (which is typically done). We split it up into 4 pieces. Was a great combination of flavors
- Cauliflower Manchurian - deep fried spiced cauliflower. Nice version of this indian-chinese classic dish.
- gujju chilli - basically a nice thick lentil soup with some cream. We ordered a few additional pav (bread) to go with it since it was so yummy and we wanted to dunk some bread in it to eat. Definitely a great thick dahl
- the pav sampler. We got yhe sloppy lil'p, pork and beef. Fairly similar to what JBC had in SF. All quite good and were spiced differently
- Sassy Lassi - wife declared that she'd return specifically for this drink. Good combination of sweet and tang, had some chaat masala like spices in it. Definitely not a kid drink (kids tasted and did not enjoy it)

Overall a great meal, and we'll go back regularly (even though its across the bridge for us).

lobo

Dec 14, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area
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Beer and burger in The Mission district [San Francisco]

You can also get tartine bread at bar tartine when they are open. I've found tartine bread fairly easily available at 5:00 pm and there is rarely a line around that time. I've also heard good things about the bread at craftsman and wolves (i've not had it myself)

lobo

Dec 14, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Jay Bharat Bay Area – Gujarati in Fremont

if you do go back to mumbai, there are a couple of amazing gujarati/rajasthani place including: chetana, rajdhani, and a few others whose name escapes me right now

Dec 10, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Jook - SF Dish of the Month December 2013

Mission Chinese Food has a dish called westlake porridge with crab, beef and egg. When we had it a long time ago, it was great and very comforting food :)

Not a jook expert by any means, so no idea how it ranks as good jook

lobo

Dec 05, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Roast Dungeness crab with garlic noodles: PPQ, Lotus or other? [San Francisco]

We went to frisco fried on 3rd street. In addition to some wonderful fried chicken and fish, they also have garlic noodles and garlic crab.

We got the garlic noodles as a side and then got a big container for home. It was quite excellent, buttery and super garlicky. A lot better than the garlic noodles from the thanh-long truck which we had a couple months back.

Might be worth checking it out for their crab also. We have kids, so the amount we eat out has decreased significantly :(

lobo

Dec 05, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma County Egg Hunt: I Brake for Fresh Farm Eggs

The price was the same, $8 per dozen.

Nov 02, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma County Egg Hunt: I Brake for Fresh Farm Eggs

i just purchased a dozen of these eggs at the oakland jack london farmers market a few hours ago with a julian date of 295 (i.e. packed oct 22nd?)

lobo

Oct 27, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

chowhound family that likes adventure with great foodie places

The streetcar is fun a couple of times. It can also be a fairly long ride from fishermans wharf to castro (45-60 mins)

a combination of playgrounds (dolores park, mission and 19th, mission and 25th), sweets (ice cream, dandelion chocolate, baked goods) and tacos will make for an awesome day

if you are into indoor rock climbing, mission cliffs at 19th and harrison is also quite nice (especially if its a cold windy day)

lobo

Sep 19, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

chowhound family that likes adventure with great foodie places

our 9 and 10 year old love food too :) We dont get to that side of town too often, but some random places that we visit include:

- Little Skillet for their chicken and mac 'n cheese
- Primavera (mexican) at the Sat farmers market (which has a great selection of other food too - 4505 meats, namu etc)
- 18th street has some great food places (namu, tartine, delfina, bi-rite ice cream etc)
- 24th street also has some good food (humphrey slocom, wise son, torta los picudos, pals takeaway). La taqueria on 25th and mission is very good too. You can do a taco and ice cream crawl in that neighbourhood.
- the cafe at the academy is pretty good

too many good place to eat,too little time :(

lobo

Sep 15, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area
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Fun dinner for a father and 7-yr-old daughter? [San Francisco]

our kids love to goto pizetta 211 (clement and 23rd) and sit at the counter. They can see all the action and the making of the pizza and calzones etc. The staff there are also great and chat / answer the kids questions

You can drop by clement st on your way there and get a tapioca drink / some dim sum treats etc

Might want to consider an ice cream / desserts tour also. Lots of great ice-cream places in the city that many a time we do a bike ride from one eating spot to the next. On a warm sunny day the lines get a bit crazy though

lobo

Sep 09, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area
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Southeast Asian Fish in Banana Leaf - SF Dish of the Month August 2013

lime tree also makes a vegetarian murtabak on request (they use cabbage for the filling) which is as good as their regular murtabak if not better :)

I think their curry sauce is a bit weak, seems a bit too diluted for our tastes, but overall ming is definitely a good chef and it shows at lime tree

lobo

Aug 30, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Road trip burger results--gimme a Squeeze!

We did goto bassett station for lunch today (after doing a quick hike to the sierra buttes lookout, highly recommended, quite a nice climb: 2.5 miles - 2500 ft)

We had the chicken fried steak with gravy and the biscuits and gravy. Both were quite yummy and delicious. The service was nice and prompt, coffee and water refilled etc. We'll be back in that are with our kids on labor day (for a training hike back to the peak) and will get the milkshakes

lobo

Jul 31, 2013
dlobo in California

Where to Buy British Savory Pies in San Jose Area??

In San Francisco, there is pie press which makes really good savory NZ pies (i assume they were traditionally british)

Your post reminded me that we've not had it in some time, and i just emailed her an order :)

the website is: http://www.thepiepress.com/

Apr 08, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch at Lime Tree [San Francisco]

This is definitely one of our favorite places. The owner and chef, Ming used to cook at Straits cafe. The menu is fairly limited, but mostly everything is quite good.

Our favorites include:

- roti prata
- murtabak (they also make an excellent vegetarian version of this dish)
- beef rendang
- indonesian fried rice (nasi goreng?)
- chili crab (if in season, special on weekends)
- salmon pepes (salmon in curry sauce in banana leaf)

lobo

Feb 09, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Ruchi - South Indian in SOMA [San Francisco] - Report

Went there for lunch earlier today with the goal of just having their dosas. My wife got the masala dosa and I got the mysore masala dosa. We also ordered two chais

The chai was hot, strong and milky. So definitely quite good

The dosas were average. The potato filling in them was not very tasty (a bit bland). The mysore masala dosa did not have enough chutney spread on the inside. A few months back we had the madras special dosa (which is more like a dosa-burrito) and that seemed a lot better. The coconut chutney was very good, the sambhar and the tomato chutney were average

Overall, still a good place for dosas in the city and avoids the drive to the south bay

lobo

Jan 11, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Any place new and wonderful in the Castro? [San Francisco]

Dinosaurs - vietnamese sandwich shop across from the library on 16th street is very good

Eiji Tofu house / sushi has gotten good reports - we've not tried it as yet, but on our list

Kasa is fairly authentic, IMO.

Namu Gaji next to BiRite is also very good. Lots of places as you head in that direction

lobo

Jan 11, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area trip... non-traditional Indian recommendations

I think viks does a few dishes really well. IMO, their south indian dishes (dosa, idli) are a bit beyond awful. Though the dosa batter from their store makes really good dosas at home!

The dishes we like there include:

chole batura (though the batura there is a bit more like a large puri_ and a bit greasy. Their lamb baida roti and chicken kati rolls are also quite good. We also like the sev puri and aloo tiki chole

The kids also like the lassi, and when they had the kids menu, the small aloo paratha

lobo and maya and pj (my 10 and 9 year old kids who contributed to this post)

Jan 03, 2013
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area trip... non-traditional Indian recommendations

garbanzo beans (the thing in chole) is used in many places in India. The dish chole bhatura is very typical north indian. On the konkan coast, u get a dry dish with garbanzo beans and shredded coconut. I dont think gajalee has this dish, but it might appear there :)

lobo

Dec 25, 2012
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Bakeries

Knead Pattiserie on 24th and Folsom (part of Mission Local). Small selection but extremely good

Craftsman and Wolves on Valencia

lobo

Dec 25, 2012
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area trip... non-traditional Indian recommendations

If you are willing to travel to sausalito, there is a small family run indian place, sartaj, on caledonia street (near the fire station), a few mins away from downtown sausalito.

the couple has been serving "home style" north indian food for a long time now (15+ years?) Our favorites there include: spicy indian eggs, omelette, samosa chole, alu paratha

The food while good is very very different from shalimar (which is another of our favorites, but would fall under the generic pakistani / north indian style)

lobo

Dec 25, 2012
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Any info on Indo Cafe in Saratoga?

A group of 4 adults and 4 kids went there earlier today. Since we were a large enough group we ordered all the 6 dishes from the top. Overall the food was quite excellent, the family running it was super friendly and we had a great meal.

A few comments related to the food:

* The combination meals are a lot of food for $9. One of the dinners was $11, came a bit late so we just packed it up
* The friend chicken was delicious. The kids ate that pretty quickly.
* The beef rendang was quite tough and I was bit surprised and disappointed. However when we got our next combo plate, the server apologized and said he pulled the meat from the wrong pot and we should definitely taste it from the new plate. He also offereed to get us a new bowl of rendang. That was very nice of him to do so.
* The food was quite spicy but there were a few dishes that were not too spicy. The kids enjoyed the non-spicy parts of the meal and a bit of the spicy ones also
* We had two dessert drinks. Was quite hot down there, that did do the trick of cooling us down

Overall a great place to visit when u r in the neighbourhood

lobo

Jul 20, 2012
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheung Hing Chinese Deli - closed for good?

I went there earlier today and it was closed since it failed the health inspection test.

The folks working there were cleaning up and spraying stuff etc. Its got pretty low scores from the SF DPH: http://dph-extranet2.sfdph.org:7777/p...

lobo

Jul 20, 2012
dlobo in San Francisco Bay Area