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new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

B Cellars has a fantastic food pairing experience.

Dec 08, 2014
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Chase Family Cellars in St. Helena. Amazing zins. For a smaller Cab experience (and they're excellent) try Midsummer Cellars. The winemaker hosts you.

Pinots: Failla. Failla and Midsummer are very close, so make their appts together.

These are all by appt.

Dec 01, 2014
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

Costco doesn't sell them in the tanks though, right? They're already cooked?

Dec 23, 2013
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Alameda recommendations

I love the HobNob.

Zatis (Piedmont Ave.) closing?

I've lived in theneighborhood for about 6 years and I could never understand how they stayed in business. I never saw more than 3 people in there, ever.

Dec 29, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Bay Area Hot Dog

I have to dissent on all the Top Dog love. Nothing special at all. Best dog I've had in a while was at T Rex.

Dec 08, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

We had tons of family stuff to do so we didn't get to as much as I'd have liked. Knead didn't open until 10 the day we were going to go, and my flight was at 11, so we never got there.

I didn't manage a scoop of Jeni's! So bummed...I was in the North Market (and if I lived in Cbus, that's where I'd be buying all of my meats) and did have a few sample tastes--OMG, the fig and coat cheese!-- we thought we'd go back that evening for a scoop and never got around to it.

My in-laws were insistent on the Cap City Diner for our last night, which was eh. Nothing I'd run back to. We also hit a Bob Evan's (my FIL loves them) and I was pleasantly surprised by a really good pot roast sandwich!

When we come back, I plan on hitting Tasi and Knead and I'll look into that tour. Sounds fun! Thanks for all the suggestions.

Oct 15, 2012
zunzie in Great Lakes

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

Hello! So here's our mid-trip report:

We went to Milestone 229 on Friday night and it was very good--I had a delicious burger with banana peppers, onion straws. I would go back if we were around...husband had fish and it was excellent.

Last night was a bomb: Montgomery Inn. This was not the original plan; we were supposed to go to an Amish place that was a ways out past the zoo, and I can't remember the name. There was so much traffic we just ended up at the Inn. Horrible: the service was slower than molasses, and inattentive. There was nobody in the entire place, my in-laws asked if there was a group there already and the idiots at the front desk told them Nope, nobody! So they sat on a bench for 10 minutes until mu husband called them and they were like, we're waiting for you!

Food was blah at best, and the portions were ridiculous: my pulled pork (which had no slaw, or anything to give it an acidic crunch) was enough for two people.

Today: Dirty Frank's. Loved it. Husband had a dog with siracha cream cheese and peppers and said it was out of this world. Kiddo had corn dogs and they were a hit.

We're very close to Knead and Deepwood, so they may be next.

Oct 12, 2012
zunzie in Great Lakes

Moving to Oakland. Where to eat?

re: Sparky's. Haven't been in a while, but it used to be a semi-reliable place for a burger for my 4 yr old. Hmmmm.

Trueburger is way better, though.

Oct 05, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

Oooh, will check out as much as we can. Thanks. I'm looking forward to it. I'll report back!

Oct 05, 2012
zunzie in Great Lakes

Moving to Oakland. Where to eat?

And Dopo is pretty kid friendly.

Sparky's Burgers is a hole in the wall on Piedmont Ave that's great for kids.

Trueburger

Bites off Broadway on Friday Nights.

Lanesplitter

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

Luka's Taproom

Sidebar

Oct 02, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

Thanks. We'll be basically in Short North, so walking distance is great. We do have a car, so I am planning on hitting Dirty Frank's (mentioned below) and a few others.

DeepWood was on my list--I read about it somewhere and I thought it might be worth a trip.

Quick story about Rigsby's: in the late 80s, early 90s, my in-laws (who live in Westerville) had these strange mushrooms growing on their property.They brought them to Rigsby's to see if they were anything worth eating. Apparently the owner was like,these are MORELS. How many more do you have? So they supplied them for a while!

My husband has lived out here for almost 20 yrs and doesn't get home much, so we're looking forward to exploring. Can't wait to finally try Jeni's. Been reading about it for years.

Favorite breakfast places would be welcomed if you have any. Thanks everyone!

Oct 02, 2012
zunzie in Great Lakes

Columbus, OH: what shouldn't we miss?

Hi All, we're coming from Oakland, CA to Columbus for ASTC conference in early October. We're super interested in trying the best Columbus has to offer. We're staying in Short North. Where is the best coffee that's local? A good place with a limited menu for old folks (who have trouble choosing, thus the limited menu). Anything we shouldn't miss?

Sep 24, 2012
zunzie in Great Lakes

Remedy Coffee -- Oakland

I don't think Arbor hurt them too much...any time I went into Remedy it was full. And that area could definitely handle more people. Remedy didn't sell enough food....

Aug 03, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Food recs near Puget Sound University?

thank you!

Jul 26, 2012
zunzie in Pacific Northwest

Food recs near Puget Sound University?

The son of a good friend is leaving for his freshman year at Puget Sound, and I thought it would be fun to buy him a few gift cards to local eateries. Any places I should definitely hit? He's vegetarian.

Thanks, all.

Jul 20, 2012
zunzie in Pacific Northwest

Behind the Counter @ Berkeley Bowl

I buy the 'meat scraps' for my dog all the time. Last week they were 4 ribs with meat on them for like $2.14. No idea why they were considered scraps...

Feb 26, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

East Coast Subs - Where to Find or How to Recreate

I hope he calls them a steak and cheese, because nobody from Boston ever called them a cheesesteak.

Feb 11, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

East Coast Subs - Where to Find or How to Recreate

I'm a Middlesex county kid, grew up saying 'tonic', and I'm agreeing with Bernal KC.

And everything-- grinders or subs-- are on spuckies.

Feb 09, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

CHOW Tour Oakland, Your Thoughts On Where To Go?

I'm so glad you mentioned this place...I live around there and always wondered what the hell it was! Thought it was a massage parlor....

Feb 09, 2012
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Perfect PIQ (Pane Italiano Qualita) Bakery in downtown Berkeley

Sfogliatelle?! OMG, my childhood! I've never seen them out here. Must get to this place.

Aug 13, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Summer 2011 farmers market watch

Really? I'm not a fan. I'm from Boston and spent lots of time in Maine. I want to like blubes here, but I don't. They're too big, and almost mealy in texture for me.

Aug 13, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

new Oakland lunch place - Uncle Dougie's

I am so excited--I've never understood why I can't get a decent chicken parm here. Dying to try!

Jun 15, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Black & White Cookie

Yeah, the Bette's are meh.

I'd kill for one from the East Coast.

Apr 18, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Uptown/Downtown Oakland: any handmade foods to discover?

Love Trueburger. I'm not interested in Vegan anything, so that's out. Is Chef Edwards any good? Never been, but love BBQ.

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Trueburger
146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Mar 20, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Uptown/Downtown Oakland: any handmade foods to discover?

I forgot the shuttle! Thanks. I'll skip B...it's ok, I'm not in love. But Battambang may be a good hit. I forgot about it.

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Battambang
850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Mar 20, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Uptown/Downtown Oakland: any handmade foods to discover?

I have a friend coming to town from Brooklyn, and the last time she was here we went to Hangar One, Blue Bottle, and a few farmer's markets. I'm trying to find cool, small handmade stuff (like Blue Chair Jams, etc) within walking distance of the 19th St. BART station (she has business downtown that week). I wanted to meet her for lunch every day and am also looking for delish, only in Oakland type things for her to pick-up. Ideas?

We're going to Bett's, Truburger, and I could use an ethnic rec. Something Vietnamese?
Much appreciated!

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Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mar 18, 2011
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area

Open bar - should you tip the bartender

This is the way to do it. I was stunned once, at a friend's wedding, when she came to me and said, No, it's open bar, you don't tip! IMHO, when it's open bar, the bartenders work double time because people are trying to drink their fill.

Feb 17, 2011
zunzie in Not About Food

Open bar - should you tip the bartender

The patrons should tip, and you should tip.

Feb 17, 2011
zunzie in Not About Food

Point Richmond. At last … German food at The Baltic!

Eh. Not impressed at all. Went for lunch/brunch last Sunday. The service was awful--and there was only one other table of customers! Everything took forever. I actually walked to the back to ask for the check. My burger was dried out (asked for medium rare), the pancakes were like lead, potato soup just bland, and the coffee tasted like it'd been sitting on the burner for 4 hours. The potato pancakes (or whatever they're called, I forget) were delicious, but they aren't a reason for a return trip.

Maybe this place is decent for a beer and some music, but I wouldn't go back for the food again.

Sep 26, 2010
zunzie in San Francisco Bay Area