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Tasty Travails: In California, A is For...Carciofi

If there were, I would go there now!

Did you see this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Best HK Milk Tea SF?

I have not had an issue with it being jasmine-forward or too sweet at OTD, but note that you can also order the HK hot milk tea in the Slanted Door restaurant and its bar, where they would happily make it to order in terms of sweetness level. At the hallway shop they also sell their tea blend, and you can make it at home.

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

I like Benchmark a lot and it should be in the rotation, but try someplace else for a 40th birthday celebration, as I would categorize it as only barely "a little nicer than a sub/sandwich shop" in atmosphere.

When you note that Pizzaiolo has no MBs on the menu, keep in mind it is a daily changing menu, so you could try checking that again and maybe the restaurant could try to predict when exactly the MBs will be made.

Anyway, Happy Bday to Mr. Non-veg!

Tasty Italian Meatballs for a birthday celebration?

Tosca (very festive, though pricey, too).

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

I will have to try Angeline's muf and also look for Ebbett's. The best one I have had here was at Hard Water - though it doesn't appear on the on-line menu http://hardwaterbar.com/sample-menus.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

The carnitas torta at Casa Latina is great, though I think you need to specify just what you want on it so that is as you like it (i.e. w/ refried beans and guacamole, etc.).

West Oakland Suggestions

Another spot to try nearby is The Dock.

Chocolate Salon [San Francisco]

I went to the one in NYC a few years ago and thought it was worthwhile, the samples were not so limited and the participants were numerous and impressive, though I think it is, or was, from a different promoter.

That is the only time I have found Bernachon in the US - - if anyone knows of a way to purchase Bernachon without going to Lyon, France, please let me know!

Cremeux Ex Machina - California style gelato at SF Ferry Bldg Farmers Market on Sat - it's Yummy!

Yeah, they moved, and moved-on (don't make gelato anymore).

If you are looking for ice cream around the Ferry Building, the March-special-flavor at Humphry Slocombe is pistachio brittle, and it is great (don't be dismayed by the color, which is khaki and not food coloring green).

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Brunch here is good; for a party that large they may want to have set menu. http://www.angelerestaurant.com/BRUNC...

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

Yes, those are good. And the buns and the sticky rice there are also $5 or less.

anonymous food critics

Here is an interview with her on critics, etc.


Oakland Restaurant Week coming soon: Jan 15-25, 2015

sort of off topic, but note that JBC is appearing now at the Thursday Ferry Building lunchtime farmer's market

New Orleans best food ecomendations

Yes, not a Q town, but maybe someone has seen references to BBQ Shrimp, like at Mr. B's, and thought that meant BBQ, when it is really code for "butter sauce"

And not sure your group will be improved by "brining" though perhaps they will if they enjoy the local cocktail culture ;-)

Jan 23, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

New Orleans bachelor party

Another to try is the lobster swimming in butter in the gnocchi at R'evolution - you can order from the entire menu at the bar there, which is less formal than the dining rooms.

Jan 23, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

New Orleans bachelor party

Good luck with the weather... at least New Orleans is a 24 hour party, so whenever you do arrive the party will just be starting for you.

The new Brennan's recent review said they have a variation on BBQ shrimp made with lobster tail; after your trip hassles you could treat yourself to that!

Jan 22, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

New Orleans bachelor party

Sorry, but really you mean "gorge yourself" right? :-)

Mr. B's Bistro for BBQ shrimp.

Jan 22, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

SF/East Bay restaurant and food trek report, and thanks

It's OK - the report was so good, it deserved being resurrected! I think Scream is the only place no longer in existence.

Lemon thief

Just adding that in my back yard I have lately found many, many messy tangerine peels from a tree that is in a neighbor's yard 100 yards or more behind mine, so the evidence left by animal thieves might not be visible to you.

Once upon a time there was a roof rat issue in the area, and they liked to eat just the peel of my meyer lemons.

Jan 20, 2015
foodeye in Gardening

Cheese pairings for some honey I bought

You're right, those are some pretty rare specific cheeses...but try it with any nice blue, as that is an awesome pairing...maybe with some Sauternes or other sweet wine, too.

Or try the honey with a Manchego or other dry, salty aged cheese, like one that goes with a sweet accompaniment such as quince paste; it is the contract of salty and sweet that is tasty.

Jan 19, 2015
foodeye in Cheese

US geography game : Bay Area restaurant edition

Oakland's Diamond District has Philly frozen custard and ices http://flavorbrigade.com/

I tried it once, and was not impressed.... there's also a Frozen Kustard truck, and they do some great flavors like Thai Ice Tea - not sure if you'd find that one in Philly!

Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!

Have you tried this chicken dish, either at the restaurant and/or making it yourself?


It should count as the Italian version of Zuni chicken! If you can find pitted Castelvetrano olives, it saves some effort.

Jan 17, 2015
foodeye in Italy

Sylvain or Peche with kids (8&10)

I agree with Peche, tho I haven't had the pleasure yet, because Sylvain seems to be a bar first, but with good food. If Peche is too packed, maybe an outside table at Sylvain would be good for your family.

Jan 12, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

not cheating - better late than never... ;-)

another Alameda spot for good french fries is East End Pizza where they're served with three dippping sauces. Unlike Cafe Jolie, there is much to recommend there and consequently the bill does add up easily.

Muffaletta from somewhere other than Central

A couple days late, but since Central is closed Mondays, this is a good question...

At Cochon Butcher, it is normally served hot, but if you tell them you want it cold that is what they will do. It is also smaller and has a different flavor profile than Central's (I think mainly from the house-cured meats that are stronger).

The place next door to Central (Franks? iirc) does one that is just as good as Central's and travels really well.

Jan 05, 2015
foodeye in New Orleans

establishments that barter for meyer lemons

someone else did mention ice cream, and specifically I have brought bags full of meyers to Nieve Cinco de Mayo at Fruitvale Public Market, and the owner Luis has always made really good use of them (won some recognition for his lemon ice cream) and offered free/bartered ice cream in exchange. he was also interested in the blossoms, so I brought a bag full of those once, too, though I am not sure what were the results...

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

That green sauce is what they consider hot sauce, used as a replacement for the red pepper flakes at most pizzerias. You can buy it by the pint.

The best San Francisco sourdough?

random sourdough surprise: got some soup at the Lakshore (Oak) Arizmendi and it came with a large slice/slab of very good bread - nice sour flavor, chewy texture, crisp crust and with little dotted pan markings on the bottom.

Longbranch Saloon - Berkeley

Yes, fondly remember Lucky Lion. The Chinese food at Hunan Yuan is good enough if you're in the area. Folks also like Sparky's burger across the parking lot.

How to rent/hire an ice cream truck or cart in San Francisco?

This is an OLD thread - Scream doesn't exist any longer - but in case someone checks it for updated info, a beautiful new truck with great gelato has been around: https://www.facebook.com/TuttoBeneGel...