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Going to San Jose Rep Theatre and need recommendations for dinner?

Another suggestion for The Loft, upstairs. They also have a nice outdoor patio that is great in the summertime.

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Loft Bar and Bistro
90 S. 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95113

Jun 17, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Green's Babkes.

Babka should be wrapped tightly in a plastic bag and stored at room temperature. If you cannot finish the whole thing before it turns, you can also freeze it. Storage time varies, based on storage temperature. Just try to eat it as quickly as possible! I've never had babka last for more than a few days, but I would typically eat them with my family, so it went quickly!

Also, I like warming it up in the toaster oven for a little bit before eating. Room temp is good too, but I always like it a bit warm.

Jun 17, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Moving to San Mateo - any recs on restos & markets?

Oh oh... Sweet Breams... I love the frozen yogurt/tayaki combo they have. Matcha-filling is definitely good, as is the good old traditional an-filling too (red bean paste).

I've also done the Himawari + Sweet Breams outing and it is really a nice treat. The two places are only a couple doors down from each other and make a great combo.

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Himawari
202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Sweet Breams
220 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA

Jun 17, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Anti-Scenester w/in 10 mins of Santana Row?

I've been to Sliders and thoroughly like it. They have a good choice of meat for your burger and a fresh salad/toppings bar. My burger-eating friends seem to like it too. The frappes are also really good and thick.

I know it's not BBQ, but some good Korean places are Cheon Joo Young-Yang Dolsot at Lawrence and El Camino, and Cho Sun Myun Oak at Calabazas and El Camino. The former has good dolsot dishes and the latter is a good all around place.

May 11, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Anti-Scenester w/in 10 mins of Santana Row?

Yes, I second the recommendation for Mayuri! The food there is well-spiced and really tasty. It's sort of a weird banquet-hall/restaurant combination and there are often large celebrations happening in the banquet area. Oh, and sometimes it's pretty empty on a weeknight, but it gets full for the buffet lunch on the weekends.

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Mayuri
2230 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

May 11, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

The food isn't that great, but the festival's grand parade is worth attending!

Apr 01, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

bbulkow, how would you compare it to the other okonomiyaki? Which one is your favourite so far here?

I would imagine there must be okonomiyaki in San Mateo, but maybe it's not as popular because they are Hawaiian Japanese? I don't know how popular okonomiyaki is in Hawaii (maybe someone can clear that up). Come to think of it, I'm not sure if a lot of the Japanese people here are from Hawaii or Japan. Ha.

Mar 29, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

I have not tried the one at Genki Ramen, but I recently had the seafood okonomiyaki at Mifune Don and it was so good! I think it's the best okonomiyaki I've had here in SF yet. It seems like it just gets better and better, so hopefully Genki Ramen will turn out to be very tasty as well!

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Genki Ramen
3944 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Mifune Restaurant
1737 Post St Ste 375, San Francisco, CA 94115

Mar 29, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

Yes I do think they have the okonomiyaki whenever they are at the market. From what I hear, it's one of the main dishes they serve along with the kimchi fried rice and korean tacos. The other dishes seem to rotate around.

Mar 22, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

I've heard tales of great okonomiyaki at one place in South Bay, but that place has closed its doors. I've had the okonomiyaki at Sushi Masa in San Jose. I thought it was good, but a little heavy on the sauces and very salty. Otherwise the texture was nice and it has meat and seafood in it too. I don't know if the okonimyaki experts will say that it's good, but it's one place to try in south bay for sure if you're in the mood and don't want to make it yourself at home.

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Sushi Masa
5363 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

Mar 22, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

Aha... we found the Namu stand and tried it too. I thought it was okay, but nothing to write home about. Mine was nice and crisp on the edges, but the middle was kinda doughy and I thought the cabbage should have been chopped instead of just put there in big chunks. It was hard to eat with a plastic fork.

But yes, the korean tacos were bomb!! I really enjoyed those.

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Namu
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Mar 22, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Okonomiyaki at Saturday Ferry Building farmers market + any must-try vendors?

I know for sure that Namu sells okonomiyaki on Thursdays at the Ferry Building farmers market, but does anyone know if they have it for sure on Saturdays as well? I'd hate to get myself all excited to try it, only to find it's only on Thursdays!

Also, any other must-try places at the farmers market? I don't get up to the Ferry Building farmers market that often, so I want to try to have a good idea of what to try before I get up there.

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Namu
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Mar 18, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Bento Boxes

I use a plastic container called Keeper, a Japanese product. I found them at Container Store. Here's a link:

http://www.containerstore.com/shop/ki...

It is bento-like, but the main compartment is one large one, and it comes with plastic divider that you can move to suit your needs. The plastic divider means that it is not liquid-proof and if you put liquid in one side, it will seep to the other. What I like is that the divider is removable, so you can easily clean the container. I also have a fixed compartmentalized box, but it is a pain to clean since each small box has to be cleaned.

Maybe you can use two of these Keeper box. I have the larger 890mL box and it is perfect for me (I put small amount rice on one side, and main on other side). You can fit a surprising amount inside. I would probably put fruit in separate container and then stack everything into a bag for carrying.

Mar 12, 2010
reesie in Cookware

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Unexpectedly, I found these cakes at the Berryessa location of King Eggroll in San Jose! Mmm... it's hard to mess these things up, so I bought a pack ($1.50 for two pieces). Really soft and yummy! It's good to know I have a place to get them within easy biking distance from my house.

Mar 12, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Budget Meals, no meat

Yes, I agree that bean kale soup is wonderful, easy, and cheap! I sometimes swap out the beans for lentils or replace the kale with chard or collard greens. So simple and really tasty.

Mar 09, 2010
reesie in Home Cooking

Breakfast in SF Richmond/sunset

I'll second Park Chow for a weekend breakfast! They have plenty of seating and have a really tasty menu of breakfast and lunch items.

Mar 08, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Ah... I didn't see it at Hong Kong Saigon when we were there last, and wondered if I should have had my husband ask for me (he speaks Mandarin and I figure he can do a better job describing it).

Haha... is this an old people's food? It's really one of those things that I grew up eating, so it's a comfort food for me.

I'll need to check those Sino-Viet places and look for it now. I don't know if they do the fermented version, though, but I will check!

Mar 08, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Thank you, emmisme!! I will definitely go to check them out. It's a good excuse to drive up to that market. I really like that place a lot for whatever reason. Ha!

Mar 08, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Dim sum to-go in SF Chinatown

What are your favourite places in SF Chinatown for dim sum to-go? I am thinking they would be mostly bakeries or maybe regular restaurants that also pack up take-away containers. I am looking specifically for places that serve the white steamed rice cake (a bit sour) aka Bak Tong Goh 白糖糕, but any other recommendations would be great too! I never know where to eat in SF Chinatown, and I inevitably wander into North Beach for food.

As a separate question, in the SF boards, does the term "dim sum" automatically imply that it's Hong Kong style food? I ask because I have been to Taiwanese dim sum places that serve foods that are not quite the same as the Hong Kong dim sum that I am used to.

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

That place has them, but, like most of the other stuff available, it's usually old and not very good.

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Aha, starting a new topic now! Thanks M!

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

I never learned the name of this, and usually only recognise it by the character "bai" (or I guess "bak" in cantonese?). I haven't been to any other dim sum bakeries in Chinatown yet. I must admit that I am always a bit overwhelmed when I go there and I never quite know where anything is, except for Eastern Bakery and Golden Gate Bakery.

And yes, I remember going to New Hwong Kok once before and that they do have the white rice cake there, along with much of the other bakery items I am familiar with.

Do you have any other dim sum bakeries up in Chinatown to recommend?

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Ah Clement Bakery!! I will check there. I must have the worst luck going to bakeries because I always end up going to the Taiwanese ones with stuffed buns and cakes! Thanks for the help Melanie!

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

I did a search on the boards for this, but was unable to find anything, but if there is a thread out there on Hong Kong bakeries that I totally missed, please do let me know.

I grew up on the east coast and am very used to the Hong Kong style bakeries in NYC. I used to buy a white steamed rice cake whenever I went to one. It is essentially made of pounded white rice and sugar and yeast, and then the whole thing is steamed. It has a slightly sour taste to it from the yeast, and the texture is soft and a bit chewy and there are a lot of bubbles within the cake (from the risen yeast).

Anyway, I am having a horrid time trying to find this here.

Seems that most of the bakeries I've been to here don't have it and seem to me to have more Taiwanese style pastries. I only know of one place up in SF that sells it (Eastern Bakery), but there must be others. Does anyone know where to find it in South Bay or on the Peninsula?

Mar 04, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

I read up a bit on this third vendor.

Petaluma Farms has decided to break up their brand into separate, smaller brands to appeal to a wider audience (and those who may be ignorant that the eggs are coming from a factory farm). They are also marketed as:

1) Judy's Family Farm, which sells Judy's Organic Eggs
2) Rock Island
3) Uncle Eddie's
4) Gold Circle

(reference: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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I was turned off at the Petaluma stand because, when I walked up to the stand, the woman yelled out to me, "Hey, what kind of eggs do you like, brown or white?" which was really how I would differentiate between eggs. When I asked her if she had any pastured chicken eggs, she said that they were all "free-range" and that was better than pastured.

My, oh my.

An educated consumer is apparently her enemy.

Mar 02, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

Oh, thanks again for this tip! I went to the market with some friends who live in Mtn View and they suggested this same egg vendor (they usually buy all their eggs from her as well). I cracked one open as soon as I got home and it was really fresh and tasty. I like that she lets you buy whatever quantity you want and that she has photos of the farm with the chicken wandering around on the grass.

Thanks so much for the directions too! They were spot on.

Mar 01, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

I checked out the three egg sellers at the Mtn View market yesterday and ended up getting some from the woman that maigre mentions below. Other than TLC, there was a third egg vendor, but TLC and the woman I bought from had photos of their chickens roaming in fields and I liked them better than the third. I should have taken better notes on all of this! Ha.

Thanks again for your help!

Mar 01, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

Thanks maigre, this is very helpful! I will be at the Mtn View market this weekend, and will be sure to check out this vendor. Thanks for the detailed directions on where they are located too. I am often so overwhelmed at the MV market that I tend to stick to the smaller ones that have less vendors.

Feb 23, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

Thanks Melanie. I will be checking out the Mtn View market this weekend, so it's good to know they have them there.

Feb 23, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area

Pastured eggs, Santa Clara County

Wow, thanks this is very helpful! I work up in Palo Alto, so it would be perfect to contact them and pick up here on my way home.

Feb 23, 2010
reesie in San Francisco Bay Area