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SF in January

I have not been to Kin Khao, so I am not comparing, but respectfully disagree on skipping Slanted Door (though I am OK with your thought that it is "not authentic"), as they have a really great wine list, well-sourced, great tasting food and a fun location for tourists. Yes, it is pricey, and yes, it can be loud.

Longbranch Saloon - Berkeley

Greg Kihn Band, with the Rubinoos as opening act. Coffee at Le Bateau Ivre beforehand....(not old enough to drink)

North Beach/Telegraph Hill/Chinatown [San Francisco]

Here are the spots I equate with North Beach, not yet mentioned: Tosca ($$$$, but great, and retains the old school look - you can get a drink and a snack at the bar), Tommasso's (old school red-checked table cloths and family-run atmosphere with good old-school pizza), Mario's Bohemian (where you can get a sandwich on Ligura's focaccia, a cold beer and a good espresso). Walk along Columbus, around Washington Square Park, then down Grant Ave. and get a drink at Savoy Tivoli or The Saloon (historic local dives, also Specs and Vesuvio are classic NB dives) or a coffee at Cafe Trieste. For shopping, stop in at City Lights book store, Molinari deli (old school Italian deli), Little Vine (new school wine/deli shop).

For Chinatown, Golden Gate Bakery egg tarts (if they are not on vacation!), Red Blossom tea shop, produce shopping along Stockton St., and R&G Lounge for salt & pepper crab (in local Dungeness season).

Sonoma by Bike

Scribe - make a reservation, it is a great experience, though maybe only if it's not raining that day! Next door-ish is Gundlach Bundschu, worth a visit. And down the road is Hooker's House where you can reserve for a spirits tasting, if you are tired of tasting wine...though it may make for some tipsy biking. But all of that area is fairly wide and flat roads, so not too hard.

Napa birthday dinner, group of 13

How about here: http://www.angelerestaurant.com/ Food, drinks, ambiance and service were all great when I was there last summer.

Recommendations for Nov trip to SF please!

The oft-repeated advice is to read this board and ask for comments on places that appeal to you...

and also often recommended: be sure to plan to visit the Ferry Building, preferably for the Sat. morning farmer's market, but anytime.

and along the waterfront to the north of the Ferry Building, but not as far as the wharf, are a few places you could find veg/vegan eats: would Spanish (Coqueta) or Peruvian (La Mar) count as ethnic? *_*

for your bday dinner, maybe Verbena, but there are a lot of places that can accommodate the veg/vegan preferences, so back to the first idea: search a bit on this board and re-post for more specific comments.

"Secret" gems in Paris?

Not sure if I am stating the too obvious or breaking any of this site's codes, but this is who I go to for Paris info: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/paris/

Oct 09, 2014
foodeye in France

The Barrel Room, Oakland Rockridge

You said "Hard ciders for your designated driver," but hard cider is an alcoholic drink, and depending on the type, it's not really a good idea.

According to Wikipedia:
Cider or cyder (/ˈsaɪdər/ SY-dər) is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from apple juice. Cider alcohol content varies from 1.2% ABV to 8.5% or more in traditional English ciders. In some regions, cider may be called "apple wine".

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Now that we've done drifted -

How about a Cafe Brulot? Yeah, ok, maybe not for breakfast...today, anyway!

I think hopefully that the coffee shop scene is improving - but maybe only more in the Marigny/Bywater.

Any favorites among these?: Spitfire Espresso Bar, The Orange Couch, Sólo Espresso Bar, Saint Coffee

Or any others?

Sep 25, 2014
foodeye in New Orleans

Restaurant suggestions at Sonoma Valley


ETA - Sonoma Valley may need clarification - the County is pretty big - so are you planning to be around the town of Sonoma, or near Healdsburg, which are about an hour's drive apart?

If you're staying in the area, like at Gaige House, everything they serve at Glen Ellen Star is delicious, though my favorite counter seat location may not be the intimate romantic date you are seeking.... another great, very casual place in the area is El Molino Central. And the newish Aventine is in a really pretty location. I think Sonoma is generally more casual than the other side of the mountain in Napa.

We recently had lots of fun doing tastings at Scribe Winery and at HelloCello/Prohibition Spirits; reserve ahead for those two, too.

What do dirt-poor French people eat?

Here is an article about a local organization here in SF: http://www.cuesa.org/article/fighting...

Sep 12, 2014
foodeye in France

What do dirt-poor French people eat?

Like what is (was) known as Government Cheese in USA.

Sep 12, 2014
foodeye in France

Chocolate: What do you look for?

I have now tried the Scharffen Berger bar, and did not care for it: very dry and savory, not really sweet at all. Maybe it would be nice in a creative salad or something.

Sep 08, 2014
foodeye in General Topics

Chocolate: What do you look for?

Speaking of the price of chocolate, the most costly ones I have indulged in must be the Cocoa Absolute (my favorite are the brulee).

My go-to lately is Dandelion, which does not do inclusions, but does an always interesting range of bean-to-bar special single origin bars.

There are certain bars with inclusions that I would like to indulge in, from makers like Bernachon http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/09/... (especially the caramel Kalouga), but those are hard to find outside of Lyon (I found them at the NY chocolate show), or anything from Zotter (not that I like all of their crazy stuff, but I would try any of them at least once!), but they are hard to find these days, too, and I have not broken down and ordered them directly http://www.zotter.at/en/homepage.html.

I just saw a Scharffen Berger bar, 72%, with salted pistachios; I will try it next.

- @Sandylc, for the high-end version of a Snicker's bar, try here: http://doubledutchsweets.com/

Sep 05, 2014
foodeye in General Topics

Kainbigan Restaurant (Oakland)

Never heard of it before today, but besides this post I saw this deal:

There is also a big Filipino food festival tomorrow (8/30) in Justin Herman Plaza.

Where are your top pastries locations and pastries in Italy? Maybe Milan ?

David was recently in Sicily, too, for the 2nd time. I don't think you can go wrong there for baked goods!

If you are going to Catania, I was a big fan of this place for cappuccino and cookies; http://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Pasti...

And this was the best I tried in Taormina: http://www.paginebianche.it/pasticcer...

I will check out your new blog.

Buon viaggio!

Aug 15, 2014
foodeye in Italy

Seeking Recs for Business Lunches in French Quarter

I loved August, my one time there; though it is sort of white table clothed, the service was friendly/not too formal and all the food and drinks were great.

Aug 14, 2014
foodeye in New Orleans

Looking for the best Polish restaurant

Not quite as requested, but how about Lithuanian in Alameda?


Travel & Leisure names NO as one of the ten best destinations in the WORLD

browsing those lists, NO is also #5 on the list of the most friendly cities in the US, and think I agree it's at the very least #5.

Aug 12, 2014
foodeye in New Orleans

Where are your top pastries locations and pastries in Italy? Maybe Milan ?

Your post reminded me of this: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/10/...

Aug 06, 2014
foodeye in Italy

Best Paella in San Francisco/Oakland?

Camino on Grand Ave. in Oakland is featuring Paella Mondays for August and September.

Looking for lunch delivery in the Financial District [San Francisco]

Cafe Terminus is great. http://terminussf.com/

And I think you should look for a new job you like better - with people you like and like to feed and make happy ;-).

Special occasion vegetarian friendly restaurant in the East Bay?


One more Dinner for Repeat Travelers

How about August?

Jul 29, 2014
foodeye in New Orleans

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

Yes, GLS' ice cream is good, and the menu usually includes something like a fruit crisp from the wood oven, which goes especially well with their ice cream.

Cremeux ex machina had a a chocolate salted peanut butter gelato a couple of weeks ago that was amazing.

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

My favs at La Michoacana are Mexican vanilla and cappucino (together in a cup). They have recently opened a shop in Novato.

I have also been indulging Jeni's (Savannah Buttermint, Roxbury Road, Brown Butter Almond Brittle....)

And this newish Ferry Builing vendor is great, too:

Saha -- Best Middle Eastern in SF?

Noting that this is an old revived thread, and the OP may not still be interested, but I am wondering if anyone has thoughts on Pera? Sağ olun! http://www.perasf.com/

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

As long as this old thread is up, this was in the SF paper today - maybe it should become the stock response!

Public Eavesdropping:

"Did you find everything you needed?"
"I didn't find a million dollars or true love."

Conversation between female grocery checker and male customer, overheard at Trader Joe's on California Street.

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

No such thing as the wrong kind of Tequila, as long as it is 100% agave. But don't use margarita mix! Just juice some fresh limes, and maybe an orange too, add a little simple syrup or agave or sweet orange liquour, and shake with lots of ice. See here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10643-per...

Jul 09, 2014
foodeye in Spirits

critique my food choices in wine country

I don't know the other restaurants in Glen Ellen, but note there is a great grocery store for picnic supplies, Sonoma Market, there is a brand new restaurant, Aventine, in a pretty and historic setting, and there is a local's/tourist's bar with a pool table, the Jack London. The "downtown" wine tasting rooms are good, but do not stay open late. The Jack London Park is also worth a visit, if you need an activity besides dining and wine tasting. It's a very small town - one night/two days may be enough. It is nice to stay and enjoy the wines at Glen Ellen Star and a night cap at the local bar, and just walk to your lodging.

Glen Ellen is about 5-10 minutes away from El Molino Central, too, so it is very convenient to overnight and then have Mexican brunch the next day (El Molino has Blue Bottle Coffee, too).