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Shottsuru! Where can I find it on line?

Corti Brothers in Sacramento carry one hatahata shottsuru, Semba Zenji Shotturu "Uoshoyu", and are looking to carry a ayu based sauce.

Address: 5810 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone:(916) 736-3800

Nov 18, 2013
jimtak in General Topics

Shottsuru! Where can I find it on line?

found some at Corti Brothers <www.cortibros.biz> called
Semba Zenji Shotturu (sp) Uoshoyu
the website appear to be tempermental - sometimes you can see the item, sometime it loops back to the initial listing.
But, youi can call them at 1 800 509 3663.

now if you can find Tennen Ayu no shiro dashi - a "white dashi" made from Ayu (great little fish)

Oct 10, 2013
jimtak in General Topics

Any good strawberries yet this year?

The strawberry stand on the Silverado Trail, just north of Trancas on the west side, has been harvesting ripe, sweet berries for about three weeks. Even the big ones are red throughout, and so very tasty. Cole's and other Napa restaurants feature these berries on their dessert menus.

May 10, 2010
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Help on Jamon Iberico

The labeling and advertising are form the proper importer, and listed retailer. Caveat emptor

Dec 18, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Help on Jamon Iberico

I just received a long desired Jamon Iberico, and was shocked to find that this arrived, labeled Jamon Iberico, but with white hooves, not the "pata negro". In Spain, I have seen these black feet on the hams hanging in the shops and restaurants, and on the hams in their carving holders. so that makes me suspect.
No word, yet, from the on-line purveyor, whom I have dealt with for many years.
Does anyone out there have any reason why an authentic Jamon Iberico might have white hooves?

Dec 18, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Crane Melon Barn Update

Alternative - Tierra Farms (Airport Rd, north east side) farmstand in north Santa Rosa has organic Crane Melons. and Yum indeed.

Sep 15, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Live in-shell scallops?

I've purchased frozen langoustines (Dublin prawns) from:
<http://scottishgourmetusa.gourmetfood...>, pricey, but wonderful on a paella.

Aug 28, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find steamers?

I have received good service from:

<http://www.mainelobsterdirect.com/Cat...>

Aug 28, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find steamers?

Like looking for a real lobster roll, soft shell steamers are a down east nosh.
And, while it might be interesting to try to dig them up where they are invading, your best bet is to order them from the on-line stores. They usually arrive fresh and alive, and when steamed on a bed of seaweed, oh so good.

Aug 27, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Sushi in the City

For an interesting take on Sustainable Sushi:

Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar
www.tatakisushibar.com

2815 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-1182

Aug 27, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Wild Boar Bacon

Had a side order of this at Little Dom's in LA - wow! I can order it from d'Artagnan, but has anyone seen it in shops in the North Bay?

Aug 26, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Bomba rice

In the North - Sunshine Market in St. Helena always stocks Bomba

Aug 25, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Padron Peppers?

Padrons should be much smaller than Shishito, little 1 square inch hearts. And part of the theater of the padrons is that every once in a while, its flame-on!

Aug 11, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy Goat Meat

If you want local goat (or lamb) you could contact <don@woolyweeders.com> -
I've bought spring lambs from Don the last two years for the family Ishtar lamb roast, and am planning on roasting a goat soon. His sheep and goats weed the local vineyards in Napa/Sonoma.

Aug 04, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Japchae - Korean noodles

Wow! I usually hit this spot for lunch and have not experienced mandatory charges...and since there is onlyone person in the kitchen, and one person handling the front (seatings, order taking, service), understand the "slow service"...

Aug 04, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto in Napa

This could be a very interesting neighborhood. The paper shows that there is planting going into the mudflats on the river -

Aug 04, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Padron Peppers?

Great find, napawinegirl, I'll have to stop at D&D on the way home...Happy Quail had this pepper exclusively for years. Conpetition is wellcome.

Aug 04, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Japchae - Korean noodles

Had to stop for lunch between Sonoma and Geyserville, and remembered the Bear Korean restaurant in Cotati. A fast order of glistening japchae - cellophane noodles saute'd in sesame oil with a few greens - or a lunch special. Hits the spot, and is such a relief from sandwiches and sushi.

Bear Korean Restaurant
8577 Gravenstein Highway
Cotati, CA 94931

Jul 27, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Red Crawfish in the TL

Years ago I read an article while at a conference in Anaheim (hotel reading material) about one of the Boiling Crab - type spots. This referenced a Vietnamese family who, after escaping by boat, ended up in Louisiana. And in the shrimping business. The men worked the boat, the women started a shrimp and crawfish boil business. Then along came Katrina. Boats destroyed, crabshack smashed. They relocated to the OC where they had family, and opened a crab/crawfish and shrimp shack.
My problem, when I went to the restaurant (and I cannot recall the name) is that the claim was that all the shellfish were fresh. In August, I asked, where would you get fresh dungeness and crawfish? No answer for that.

Jul 21, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian Japanese

Tataki has a menu section specific for vegetarians. And for the fish eaters, their choices are sustainable.

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Tataki
2815 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Jul 20, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Good place for sweetbreads?

Shiraz in Santa Rosa has exquisite sweetbread preparations.

Jun 30, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

jumbo blue crab in SF?

99Ranch and the Seafood City stores sometimes have live blue crabs, but they are the Asian blue swimmer crabs - similar, but not the same species as the beautiful swimmers of the US East Coast.

Jun 23, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

The End of the Line

This new documentary film release explores the question of the sustainability of fish. We now know that human predation patterns which target the biggest prey has eliminated the bulk of the breeding populations of key species - Atlantic Cod, Bluefin and Bigeye tuna, Monkfish being just the beginning of the list.

Jun 10, 2009
jimtak in Food Media & News

ISO whole Katsuoboshi

OK, San Francisco Magazine featured Katsuboshi and its use in non-Japanese restaurants.
Some appear to have found the whole smoked, dried fillets of skipjack in LA Japanese markets - Mitsuya, Maruwa and Nijiya...
Anyone know if Bay Area/San Jose Japanese markets routinely stock these "fish logs"?

Jun 03, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Jet-Lagged in Napa!

Taylor's Refresher also has a location in Napa at the Oxbow Market, open until 9 PM.
A little closer to Silverado...

May 06, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Honey King @ Vallergas Market, Napa - who's been?

That's true, two other Vallergas markets have closed, leaving the Solano and Redwood the sole site. Also have to mention that they have a good butcher section - buy my whole hogs there. And they carry fresh tumeric! However, their gobo (burdock root) is dried out, always.

Apr 21, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

napa lunch/activity with toddler

North end of Washington Street in Yountville has a play park.
In St. Helena, there is a park down Adams street, just past the elementary school

Mar 25, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

dessert wine tasting at wineries

Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville has two - Moscato d' Oro 2007 and a Sauvignon Blanc Botrytis 2000

Mar 25, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Willie Bird?

I took the challenge one day and had a meal there. It was perhaps one step above a cafeteria turkey and fixin's. Most of the diners were locals, but not "foodies".

Mar 23, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area

Any wine tours stop by Bouchon Bakery?

I know that some bus tour stops at the V Marketplace 1870, which is right across the street from Bouchon, as I got caught at the crosswalk waiting for a few dozen tourists to walk n' talk their way across Washington St. And I did notice that they formed a long line snakling out of Bouchon...but, sorry, I didn't register the name on the bus...

Mar 23, 2009
jimtak in San Francisco Bay Area