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Oakland: Unicos de Cuernavaca Tamal Shop - the best tamales in the Bay Area

Stopped by to pick up some pork and chicken tamales - the place is funny - a little apartment with a small walk-up counter - but the tamales are great! I like the fluffy masa - and the filling is slightly spicy. True, no big hunks of pork like the tamales in East L.A., but it's more pulled and stringy, but tasty. Do you think they use lard? I don't have that greasy feeling after eating one, it feels very fresh, and almost.... light? Can someone ask the friendly owner about the lard content?

Berkeley Bowl West - The promised land ... west of Eden

No more cloth bags - just paper and plastic. But the store is still beautiful - the 6 kinds of salmon, the cheese station! Plenty of parking.

Tiger Swiss gruyere cheese

I used to find round packages of the Tiger Swiss gruyere cheese at the 99 Cents Only stores - It's in a bright yellow package with the Tiger on the label - for... 99 cents! Now I can't find it - albeit I can find it online at or other specialty food stores. And of course, I can find it in Switzerland. But it was such a great deal - I like the firm texture and that it's a great low-carb (no-carb) snack! Has anyone seen it anywhere at such a discount price??

Apr 07, 2009
Kimba2000 in Cheese

What else is your go to breakfast besides eggs?

Baked oatmeal! Yum yum. It's like a cross between a bread pudding and an oatmeal cookie:
Baked Oatmeal
2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/3 cups skim milk
4 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
milk, yogurt and fruit (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. In a medium bowl, combine milk, egg whites, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes, or until center is set and firm to the touch. Cool slightly. Serve topped with milk or yogurt and fruit, if desired. Store leftover oatmeal, tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Apr 03, 2009
Kimba2000 in General Topics

Best oatmeal cookie in the Bay?

Short of making them from scratch, any recommendations for oatmeal-raisin cookies - like the big saucer kind, with or without nuts?

Seafood/oyster restaurants open New Year's Day?

Do you have any ideas for restaurants open on New Year's Day? Both Swan Oyster Depot and Hog Island are closed. We could go for lunch or early dinner. Either in the city or East Bay.

Best Lemon Cake in SF?

I just bought a lemon cake from Just Desserts at SFO - but they have locations in the city I think. It was really delicious - not too lemony, but cream cheese frosting.

Canned chesnuts?

Do you know where I can get canned chesnuts not the water kind - the ones your roast? I want to make veggies and stuffing but don't want to have to roast, peel, score real chesnuts and have used the canned kind in the past and they are pretty good.

Best Croissant in SF/Bay Area?

I agree, want to 2nd (or 3rd) Bay Bread pastry. Yesterday had a pain au chocolat with hazelnut topping and frangipane filling (or was it hazelnut too?). Got it at the Montclair Farmer's Market where Bay Bread has a stand. Not something that you would see in France, necessarily, but the crisp pastry and the ribbons of chocolate were outstanding, and amazing with the nut filling. They have an orange morning bun (typically San Franciscan, not fran├žais) that is really robustly flavored. But to answer your question, the regular croissants are great too. They're not too "jumbo", are crisp, flaky and buttery.

Business Dinner in SoMA for 15?

Thanks for the LuLu suggestion - we could do family style, although it's a little loud as a restaurant and I don't think they would give us the private room for 15. It would be a good place to show off nice CA wine though.

Business Dinner in SoMA for 15?

I'm looking for a good place for an early business dinner for about 15 in SF in or around the SoMA neighborhood. We've already been to Slanted Door (exciting but too expensive), CoCo500 (seems to have gotten shabby at the heels lately, although drinks and desserts are still excellent). We tried Town Hall but it was also too expensive. My budget is probably around $1000 including some reasonably-priced wine. Nothing too targeted-ethnic, but featuring California fresh/organic would be great.

New School Filipino Battleground

Saan Bistro Luneta? Where is it exactly?

Looking for really excellent homemade tamales

I've been getting tamales at La Mascota Bakery (in East LA on Whittier Blvd.) for over 15 years - they are just like the tamales that my Chicano neighbor's grandma used to make, especially the pork tamales! Fluffy masa, lard, big chunks of pork and great chili balance. The sweet ones are wonderful, and so are the green chile and chicken tamales. They also have great fluffy and fresh Mexican pan dulces, and nice bakery goods. You can buy them fresh at the bakery or order big quantities in advance, but during the holidays, you should order in advance, there are long lines around the block.

Apr 20, 2007
Kimba2000 in Los Angeles Area

Good deli near Tribeca?

Does anyone recommend a great deli near Tribeca? How is the deli **? and Daughters? Or is Katz's nearby? We would like a good pastrami or smoked fish platter.

Apr 17, 2007
Kimba2000 in Manhattan

Bored with breakfast at home.

I've tried to mix up my breakfast cereal - my friends in France do this - they have a different attitude towards cereal; e.g. Raisin Bran Crunch with angel flake coconut, sliced almonds and dates; or corn flakes and chocolate chips, banana chips.
Also, speaking of soba, I've had ramen for breakfast - at the last minute stirred in a scrambled egg to give it "egg flower" soup consistency, and for something really junky - with sliced vienna sausages.

Apr 16, 2007
Kimba2000 in General Topics