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Has anyone ever been to The Gourmet Corner in San Mateo?

I went a couple weeks ago when I was jonesing for some Mamie Nova french yogurt. They no longer have it (but still have the petite suisse "cheese"). Apparently it is no longer imported at all.
They still carry a good selection of french cheeses, foi gras, a bunch of the fabrique delice brand sausages, pates, rillettes and such. Many french spices and wines, etc....
All good stuff, worth a stop if you feel like a splurge. It's definitely a splurge though, as their prices are about the highest you can pay for the stuff.
I live in the east bay as well and wouldn't make a separate trip there if I wasn't already heading to the peninsula for something else. As Robert said, worth a detour, but not a drive on its own.

Last minute Napa Winery Suggestions

If you only want two tastings, I'd skip Pride (much as I love their wines and people) since it's a long drive up from the valley. I went up yesterday and stopped at Heitz (one of the last free tasting rooms) and Provenance/Hewitt (one of my favorite wineries. They are only a couple miles apart and very close to St Helena, where you can find many, many good places to eat.

Any know if Mamie Nova yogurts are available anymore ?

thanks, sent an email

Any know if Mamie Nova yogurts are available anymore ?

I used to love these back in the "Made in France/Village Import" warehouse sale days, then at Gourmet Corner.
I just stopped in yesterday and was told that due to a conflict with their new importer, they are no longer selling these. I did a little googling, but can't seem to find a source.

Family Vacation in San Franciso

Think of how you would react if some one said that they were coming to New York and wanted "some good options". In order to answer your question, you need to give us the same level of details you would ask the family coming to your city.

Iyasare (former O Chame space) [Berkeley]

I happened to go yesterday for a late lunch.
We had the Kakiage as well, and loved the texture and flavor with the matcha salt. I thought the flavor of the oysters got a little lost in the mix, but since the wife doesn't like bivalves, it worked out perfectly. We also had the charsu miso ramen. I thought the broth was the best flavored ramen broth I've had in many a year.
I just wish they had kept the etched murals from O'Chame.

Looking for a place for a light lunch in Sonoma (town) that is not girl and the fig

I second La Salette.

Chicha Peruvian [Alameda]

I've been to Tambo (on a groupon). It was OK. Nothing worth going out of my way for. Don't know that I'll be back. Nothing in the league of La Costanera.

Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

You might be eating more escolar than you think.
It's often labeled as white tuna, butterfish, or walu on menus.

Behind the Counter @ Berkeley Bowl

Around Passover I always get a lamb shank bone for the Seder plate. I think they charged me $0.99 last couple of years.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. resurrected as importer?

From an old news article in the Point Reyes Light:

In a separate venture, Mr. Lunny is also planning to distribute oysters to Bay Area restaurants. Though has not yet determined whose oysters he will sell and serve at the restaurant and distribute more widely, he said they could come from as near as Tomales Bay and as far away as Mexico. “Baja California grows fantastic oysters,” he noted.

Has anyone used this mole base?

I've used this brand a few times (I buy it at Mi Tierra).
It makes a good easy dinner. Not as good as fresh home made mole, but then, it doesn't take all day.
The flavors are a bit muted (as has been noted), but still complex and well balanced.
I think it turns out best using chicken that's grilled, then chunked (not shredded too finely).

Upscale Japanese

I love Wakuriya, keep in mind that it's a set meal and they're not really good for groups larger than four (you didn't mention how many people).
You might consider Pabu if you're at all interested in "modern" Japanese. They also have great cocktails.

You might also want to think about Kiss for sushi or maybe Kappa as an alternative to Wakariyu.
Or even Ozumo for sushi and robata.

All of these are excellent places for a "special" meal

Megachef Fish Sauce (East or South Bay)

Just saw it yesterday at walnut creek safeway (of all places) on ygnacio valley road at oak grove

Live Lobster?

Any 99 ranch market

Where to pre-order Osechi for Japanese New Year?

Sushi Musashi in Berkeley. My wife's family has picked up sushi platters for new years' for ever from there. They also do the full Osechi platters for pick up on new years' day.

Our favorite grocer is Tokyo Fish in Berkeley. It's where we buy all the ingredients to make our own Osechi stuff. (Gobo, rincon, mochiko for mochi, age for inari, kuramame, fillings for maki zushi, etc...)

I know some people who order Osechi from Najiya market in Jtown in the city, as well.

Chinese Chili Garlic Crab (not Singapore Style) - East Bay

I think the "Hong Kong Spicy Crab" from the Yum Bistro menu is what I'm looking for.
I've never been there. Guess I'll have to go.
Thanks

Chinese Chili Garlic Crab (not Singapore Style) - East Bay

Now that we're into crab season, I'm looking for a good Chinese Chili Crab.
Not the saucy, eggy Singapore Chili Crab, but the drier, chili, garlicky chinese version.
Can any one recommend a restaurant in the east bay (Berkeley to Union City) ?

Does anyone know what happened to a shop (that made chocolates and flourless cakes w/ incredible butter cream), which was called "Cocolat," or something similar to that?

If you're missing her cakes, she published a cookbook (titled, strangely enough, "Cocolat") that I've used a few recipes from with good success. It's out of print, but still widely available.

Boudin sausage?

I've bought boudin blanc a few times at Taylor's Sausage.
It's in Oakland at the corner of 9th St. and Washington.

I also vaguely recall it being available at Schaub's Meats in the Stanford Shopping Center, if you're closer to that side of the bay.

Schaub's Meat Fish & Poultry
Address: 395 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone:(650) 325-6328

Taylor's Sausage
Address: 907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:(510) 832-6448

All-You-Can Eat Korean BBQ at Jong Ga House in Oakland

Jong Ga is definitely one of the best Korean places in Oakland, and the food and banchan are very plentiful, but I still give Sahn Maru on Telegraph Ave. a slight edge.
If your plan is to eat until you are a disgrace to your family and yourself, go to Jong Ga (not to impugn such activities), if your goal is slightly higher quality food, go to Sahn Maru.
I still go to both regularly (sometimes you just need to eat until you feel like you're gonna bust a gut).

Abalone?

Partly it takes time and effort, but mostly the dried weight is about one tenth of the starting weight.

Best Cocktail Bars

Heaven's Dog is gone (victim of a flood), replaced by another Charles Phan restaurant, The Coachman (high end British Pub food). The drinks I've had there have been inventive, and tasty.
I especially liked the drinks made with their house made genever.

http://www.coachmansf.com/

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

The one thing I found in this whole exercise is that brackets are a great way of promoting mediocrity.
While La Taqueria may have been a good choice for the overall winner, the inclusion of some of the other finalists, and the elimination of some of the mission street places in earlier rounds just shows that pitting mediocre burritos (or teams) against other mediocre burritos promotes mediocrity and allows it into final rounds.

CreAsian (San Leandro) changing hands

I've been several times since the change. It started out very good. Similair to Himalayan Taste in Berkeley (same owners).
After about six months, it took a rapid dive in quality. I suspect it was originally staffed with cooks from the Berkeley resto, then handed off to others. I've since given up on it and haven't gone for many months, even though I live withhin a 1/2 mile.
If I need Nepalese, I go into Berekley, or for Indian, I go to Favorite in Hayward.

HAYWARD - SAN LEANDRO Eat 14th Street: Padi - Indonesian

I've been four or five times in the last couple of months, and am still enjoying the place.
I've particularly liked the beef rendang, smashed chicken, chinese style eggplant, and the sate.
I've found if the man is cooking (there's also a woman who cooks sometimes), the food is a bit better (crisper skin on the chicken, more sauce with the rendang, etc), but both are excellent, and I haven't been disappointed by anything.

Help a pressed for time NY Hound find the Asian food of her dreams?

For Lao, go to Vientian in Oakland.
http://www.vientianecafe.com/

5-night visit to SF - some ideas, but need help refining them!

For the first night SE Asian hit, you might want to consider Lers Ros (http://www.lersros.com/), my favorite thai in the area.
I would also consider the other thing we do significantly better than you can find in London, Mexican. Either a mission street burrito, or one of the upscale Mexican restaurants (my favorite is Comal in Berkeley, an easy BART ride).
I'd also suggest looking around Oakland (also easy by BART), where you'll find an explosion of new, exciting restaurants.

Mochi at Yuen Hop (Oakland Chinatown)

The best mochi in San Francisco can be had at Benkyodo in Japan town:
http://www.benkyodocompany.com/

In San Jose Japan town the best is Shuei-Do:
http://www.japantownsanjose.org/shuei...

Reverse osmosis, Ionized or... tap water ?

Oops,
(Like I said, I'm retired, old and my brain is rotting), I should have said 14, not 10.
So, 9.9 is bad, but not skin stripping......
My bad.