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Best Japanese Curry in SF???

You have to try Kare Ken. Hands down the best Japanese style curry I've had in California (SF, LA, SD inclusive). They've only been open a month-ish and have an amazing spicy sweet pork katsu curry. The katsu is thick, tender, crunchy and fantastic in all the right proportions. Reminiscent of Curry House in Little Tokyo LA, but tastier in my opinion. It's on Jones between O'Farrell and Geary.

Dec 03, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Papapietro Perry

Thank you! I will definitely take use everything you all have mentioned.

I tried to get in contact with Anthill, but only got a machine. Left a message and haven't heard back. I cannot wait!

Feb 11, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Saigon Sandwich -- best banh mi in America? (New York Times)

The meats are great here. The pickled stuff I've had better. The bread is good. I'm a huge fan of Saigon. I think it's better than banh mi i I've had in Orange County and San Diego and banh mi is a favorite of mine. I think Saigon deserves it, but I guess I'll have to try out the other places that were discussed.

Feb 11, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Papapietro Perry

Am planning on being in the area this weekend. I'm going to a few different places, but papapietro is the only winery I got to pick, so I'm really excited! I want to make sure I've done my homework, which includes asking for input from the Chow community.

I know this winery is known for Pinots and Zins that tend to be fruit forward (perfect for my tastes). Also aware that everyone's palates are different, but wanted to see if anyone has recommendations in particular you think are "can't miss" vintages that they're currently pouring. I'm very adventurous and always seeking to try the new or different. I don't know if I'll find new or different there, but really, really tasty works for me, too!

Feb 10, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Philly Cheese Steak?

Bump Buster's!

Feb 10, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

SF visit this weekend

Chances are that living in the city, you will probably end up taking the bus or the BART to travel around. Parking is a pain. I'm not sure where you're moving from and could probably give you more information if I knew.

The places I'm listing are 1-2 Bart stops away from Mission

Pho: Turtle Town - Pho Ga
Bun Mi: Saigon Sandwiches (better than the ones I had in LA) - I like the combination, but people rave about the roast pork
Turkish: a la Turca
Breakfast: SF seems to love diners and brunch. You'll easily be able to find somewhere that will serve you fresh, local egg white omelettes..

Jan 31, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for good Italian, medium priced, Union Square or North Beach

Bump for this. Hearty, traditional dishes for a pocket friendly price.

Jan 31, 2011
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

CH Challenge: Finding the Perfect Match

I decided on suggesting

Nopa
Canteen
Barbacco (thanks!)

My original post was erased because I didn't realize you couldn't post even attributed quotes.

Nopa

- 2.5 miles from Union Square
- Open until 1 am

Notes: Marvelous experience here. It is open until 1 am, but you will have to catch a cab.

More information: http://nopasf.com/press/
http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-06-25...

Canteen

- 0.5 miles from Union Square
- Open until 10 pm

Notes: Have been here for brunch, but not dinner. Flavors fresh and impeccable. Technique on point. But very very small. Only 20 seats. Call first. (415) 928-8870

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

Barbacco
- 1.0 miles from Union Square
- Opens until 10 pm

Notes: Have not been here. Have been told that food is good but it is similar to a restaurant experience in SoHo.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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Canteen
817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Barbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Dec 17, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Closest equivalent to NyC's 53th and 6th [San Francisco]

The white sauce tastes like it's been cut with a little mayo or something of the sort.

I know you're asking for Halal and Afghani, but I went to A La Turca the other day for turkish food and they have a great yogurt sauce and their shish kebabs look amazing. The doner meats are similar to the ones found on 53rd and 6th.

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A La Turca
869 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Dec 17, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

CH Challenge: Finding the Perfect Match

Ah, this sounds excellent. I've been meaning to check out Perbacco as well. Do you know how difficult it is to make a reservation for large parties?

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Dec 17, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

CH Challenge: Finding the Perfect Match

Exactly! I think the price point makes it very challenging to find somewhere that works for us. I base the range because they ate at Osha last night. I think the price point can go up, but I don't want to make the presumption.

Dec 17, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

CH Challenge: Finding the Perfect Match

My boyfriend has some big shots from his company in town and we get to pick the spot. I really want to help him make a good impression. They are from Spain, but an international bunch. At the same time the food has to be "accessible" and not too different (someone had objections to pho, but another loves Japanese).

- They are staying in the Union Square area, so we want to stay within walking distance, maybe as far up as FiDI and slightly down into SOMA.

- Price range should probably be in the mid-range ($20-25 pp not including drinks).

- Probably about 8-10 in the party

- Good wine / drink list a plus

- I am open to anything, but really want to show them the sort of french or italian influenced / local / seasonal / clean flavors that we do so well. But, anything delicious will do.

I've only lived here for a few months and have limited personal experience so recommendations based on what you've personally experienced or think is so so helpful. Thanks so much!!!

Dec 17, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Turning the big 3-0! Where in Downtown (Union Square/Nob Hill)??

OH! I've passed by this place before. I know exactly where it is. I saw the mixed reviews on Yelp, but didn't see the chow thread. I was hoping you had first hand experience. I'll suggest it to him and we'll see how it goes. I think we'll be okay if we stick to the basic yakitori fare.

Thanks so much!

Dec 07, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Turning the big 3-0! Where in Downtown (Union Square/Nob Hill)??

Thanks! Location, type and price look great! But, how's the food?

Dec 07, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for Casual Restaurants Near Market & 4th?

I like Little Delhi that's near you for Indian / Pakistani. I really enjoy their Butter Chicken.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/little-delhi-...

Also, there's a Pearl's, a burger joint that always pleases when I take people from out of town. It's going to be quite a few blocks away, but still well within walking distance. Just remember to go up to post and then go over or else you'll go through a pretty seedy part of town.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/pearls-deluxe...

Wow, I just realized how old this thread is.

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Little Delhi
83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dec 07, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Turning the big 3-0! Where in Downtown (Union Square/Nob Hill)??

Need reccs for good food and space for a group for my friend's dirty 30! He'd ideally like izakaya style, but I'm not coming up with a lot from searching the boards.

We're probably going to head over to Bourbon and Branch or something like that for drinks afterwards, so we'd like it to be walking distance, or at most a short cab ride. I've been to Yamasho for karaoke, but not to eat. Nihon Whiskey Bar also sounds more interesting for drinks than food. Thoughts???

Will also consider other types of food.

Dec 07, 2010
jessijessi in San Francisco Bay Area

Fuerte Avocados - preparation ideas?

After looking around a little, here's an update on fuerte avocados:

Best in (from Brilliant food tips): vegetable, pasta and grain salads, as well as sandwiches, roll-ups and salsas

From Slow Food USA: Fuerte is considered by avocado growers and connoisseurs to be one of the best tasting commercial cultivates, and it deserves to be more widely grown and known.

Sometimes Fuertes are considered "Florida" avocados. This is untrue. This Avocado came from Atlixco and was popularized/commercialized in Southern California. These are flavorful and have considerably less fats than the Hass.

Here's a recipe i found and will most likely try (from GlobalGourmet).

Chicken Breast with California Fuerte Avocado Rice

For the rice:

1-1/4 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz. fresh green bell pepper, diced
6 oz corn
6 oz. tomato, diced
4-1/2 cups cooked white rice
3/4 cup fresh chopped basil
1/2 California avocado, diced
Put olive oil in a skillet and over low heat, sauté the green bell pepper, corn and tomato for approximately five minutes. Add the precooked white rice and basil. Simmer for approximately five more minutes and set aside. Add 1/2 of the California avocado to rice prior to topping with chicken.

For the chicken:

2 teaspoons olive oil
6 3-oz. chicken breasts
1/2 cup capers
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/2 California avocado, sliced
Sauté the chicken breasts in olive oil for approximately five minutes on each side over low heat. Remove chicken from skillet, remove skin from each breast and set aside. In same skillet, sauté capers for approximately one minute. Remove from eat and add lemon juice and parsley.

To serve, place rice mixture on plate and top with chicken breast. Pour capers and lemon juice mixture over top of chicken and rice. Garnish with fanned California avocado slices. Serves six.

Per serving: 430 calories, 22g protein, 64 g carbohydrates, 10g total fat, 5g dietary fiber, 40mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium

Nov 22, 2008
jessijessi in Home Cooking

Fuerte Avocados - preparation ideas?

I have many many many treefuls of Fuerte Avocados and no idea what to make with them. They taste different, sweeter, lighter, than the buttery Hass avocados most people are used to consuming.

Any suggestions on how to eat my avocados?

Nov 22, 2008
jessijessi in Home Cooking

Roy's downtown LA

I am not a fan. I ate at Roy's La Jolla and it seems to be a place where a lot of people like to go to celebrate things. Maybe it's the torches they light out in front. I've done the prix fixe and i've done various dishes (macadamia crusted mahi, diver scallops, onion short ribs...) and everytime i go there, I remember why I don't like it.

None of my friends from Hawaii like it either.

But i guess it's personal taste. I don't like it. It seems like a lot of people do though.

Jul 13, 2008
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

Gum-free Cream Cheese. Needle in a haystack? My cheesecake needs you.

I want to make cheesecake!

Problem: I don't know where to find gum-free cream cheese.

It doesn't seem to be at whole foods or any local markets I've checked.

I live in the east SGV, so if you know of any shops in this area that sells it, great. Otherwise, i'm curious to know if ANY stores have it out here.

And also any recommendations for a brand of cream cheese that you think is great for cheesecakes (with gum or without)?

Thanks!

Jul 12, 2008
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

Salt: Kosher v. Sea v. Fleur de Sel... v. Table Salt?

Since i recently moved from salt shaker to salt grinder, I've been introduced to the world of salt.

So, what kind of salt do you use and why? Which do you think is better?

I use sea salt and love to use a medium grind so that little pieces of salt crunch as you eat it.

Oct 26, 2007
jessijessi in General Topics

Brunch - Balthazar or Stanton Social?

I didn't really like Balthazar. I know, I know.

Oct 26, 2007
jessijessi in Manhattan

When Good Chorizo Goes Bad (Maybe)

I got my chorizo (out of the casing) from my local butcher and it looked delicious!

So --

it was in my fridge since Saturday afternoon, in the original butcher paper, untouched and unopened. I split it up into ziplocs yesterday (Thursday) night and put it in the freezer.

It looked and smelled fine at that time.

Is it still safe to eat?

I want to make chorizo and eggs tomorrow for breakfast, but I don't want to poison my family. Thanks!

Oct 26, 2007
jessijessi in General Topics

It's my BIRTHDAY!

i didn't want to confuse the matter by calling her my girlfriend.

Jul 10, 2007
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

It's my BIRTHDAY!

we're really willing to go almost anywhere in the area and we're VERY openminded when it comes to food. She's been sending me links for restaurants along the, I think, beach cities. I just moved to the LA area a couple months ago, so I am not that familiar with the area. We probably would prefer not to go downtown or the westside, but maybe somewhere in the OC area or maybe the San Gabriel Valley (around Pasadena).

Moderately priced is about equal or less than 30/entree. maybe more around 25.

I am really experimental when it comes to food and will try anything once. I'm not looking for anything too crazy like lizard legs tartar or anything like that, but want to give new flavors a try. I'm fine with American food, French food, Italian food, Chinese food, Mexican food, but I think something more exotic might be exciting. Afghani, Peruvian, Ethopian... I've tried and liked.

It's not too crazy, but she suggested a place called Aegean Cafe in Laguna Beach.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Jul 09, 2007
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

It's my BIRTHDAY!

A good buddy of mine wants to take me out to eat.

What I'm looking for is something moderate in price (I don't want to make it too pricey for her -- we're probably going to get a bottle of wine anyway) anywhere between Pasadena and Irvine.

We love trying foods from new countries and digging in to the obscure. But if that's not possible, we just enjoy good stuff. Good quality, good service and a decent or fun atmosphere. Great food a must.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 09, 2007
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

where's the best soul food in so cal?

i'm from tennessee and i miss eating my southern food. and I recently moved to the LA area from san diego. and i'll be back to san diego to visit often. i just wanted to know between LA and San Diego (that means OC too!), where are the best most authentic ribs, cornbread, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, catfish belly, and hell i'll even take chitlins with enough hot sauce.

Apr 26, 2007
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area

Alexander's in North Park, San Diego

Just got back from eating at Alexander's. It's right across the street from the Linkery and has been open a couple weeks.

I'm no expert, but this was the general consensus at the table.

The mussels were very good. The sauce they were in was even better! We ended up sopping it up with the generous hunks of garlic bread they give you. A friend described the mussels as almost thai, what with the generous basil and sourish flavor, but it had rich, buttery finish.

We got the stuffed mushrooms as well. They were pretty good, but to me rather ordinary. Mushrooms covered in cheese and stuffed with crab and, i believe, lobster.

I didn't have the bruschetta, but the girl who did said it was really tasty.

The walnut gorganzola pasta was ok. A little under salted to me and it didn't have that pow to the gut that tells you you're eating something divine. Not very gorganzola-y either.

The pizza was delicious. Someone at the table should eat the pizza when you go so you can snag a bite. They ordered the tomato basil. I had a bite and it was a damn good pizza.

The vodka bolognese was tasty. Round and meaty flavor. I just had a bite, but I liked it.

I also tried a bite of the seafood linguine. I forget the name. The person who ordered it said it was too peppery. But I could see what she meant, but I liked the spicy, seafood dish.

The house salad was good, with a nice pineapple vinaigeitte.

And the red sangria was definitely better than the white. The white was a little bitter, whereas the red had a cinnamon-y flavor. Everyone ended up ordering at least a glass of the red sangria.

That's about it. Another at the table had the baked spaghetti and enjoyed it.

It's definitely worth a visit.

Apr 23, 2007
jessijessi in California

SD: What to order at Jayne's Gastropub

Okay, so we're changing the venue to Alexander's at North Park since Jayne's closed today.

Will report back.

Apr 23, 2007
jessijessi in California

Banh Mi Crawl in Rosemead...Or Why Lee's Kicks The Crap Out Of Mr. Baguette!

My friends like Ba Le (not sure about spelling) on Atlantic and Valley. They say it has the best banh mi.

Apr 21, 2007
jessijessi in Los Angeles Area