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Westbrae Biergarten (Berkeley)

they are also the proverbial victim of their own popularity. Neighbors are furious over the crowds, the noise, the trash, the sudden lack of available street parking on the quiet tiny residential streets nearby. People are usually louder and messier after a few beers.

about 10 hours ago
escargot3 in San Francisco Bay Area

Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

another thumbs up for Smoke -- especially the seasonal fruit pies.

wassup with the arrow sign and below it the zero?

I just opened a thread. I see these symbols and have no clue as to what they mean. Also was not able to respond to a post.

Me thinks the time is nigh to pack up and leave Chow. Too many employees with nothing much to do other than needlessly complicate and make obscure.

Dec 04, 2014
escargot3 in Site Talk

Moroccan Mint Tea

in morocco, mint tea is always mixed with some green tea, and a lotta sugar.

roasted chickpea snacks

old thread but new solution: The Good Bean (fyi a Bay Area company) packages several flavors of roasted chick pea snacks.

My fave is the sea salt, and also the black pepper, but they also have Thai coconut, mesquite cinnamon and more. Some can be found at Berkeley Bowl, or Whole Paycheck.

Nov 26, 2014
escargot3 in General Topics

Sichuan Invasion Continues -- KL Restaurant on Balboa becomes "Sichuan Table." [San Francisco]

a few of us enjoyed dim sum at the new Sichuan Table this weekend. No cart service, instead you take a sharpie and mark up a plastic-coated menu. Overall, it was enjoyed.

The usual items (har gow, shu mai, turnip cake) were excellent. The shrimp in the dumplings were especially flavorful, and the wrappers held their shape, so that was a plus. Turnip cake, not greasy. Taro dumpling was a surprise: it was not the usual deep fried bomb, but taro in a dumpling. A nice variation.

Especially enjoyed: lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice with chicken, chicken feet that had a really nice sauce, very large serving of sliced pig ear as a cold salad-kind of thing, deep fried potatoes (sweet potatoes and purple potatoes were fab) and the smoked tea duck was really great.

Missed this time, but not next: intriguing-looking durian puffs kept going past our table but we had already ordered too much to eat.

Sandbox Bakery - good things come in small packages [San Francisco]

But it seems you missed the 1 item that I thought was excellent: plain croissant.

Albeit, it's been a while since I was there, but at the time, it was my top choice: small, flakey, and with butter flavor but without dripping in butter.

Cafe Karla in Berkeley: Burmese food purveyor

i see they sell at the BB. easy to check it out -- but perhaps after T-day.

Crab season is upon us

Noticed a sign yesterday at MH Bread in San anselmo: Thurs Nov 20 dirty crab dinner.

(ps might add as an aside, their Basque almond-flour cake is fierce...)

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

GE & I (+ 1 more) were there for a late aft snack around 4pm on the weekend. I think there must have been an unexpected shift in the kitchen cause another dish was so tasteless -- the cauliflower salad -- it was actually sent back, something only done in extreme circumstances.

Burger definitely was ordered medium rare.

Since I had an incredibly perfect dinner at Rouge last month, I know that this experience was an aberration (or at least I hope so...).

ps- My experience at Zut has been uneven: On one occasion it was impeccable, and the next time, kinda dull.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

ah yes. I am thinking of a different spot: Pho Au Sen is a block away.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

This used to be my go-to destination for a bowl of pho (after buying fresh crab down the block...) but the last 2 times I was disappointed, and stopped going. That was about 2 yrs ago. Will give 'em a try again.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

I wish the owners of Chow hadn't deleted that much lauded feature of adding the location...

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Perhaps a silly question: is pho ga usually made with chicken broth? or is it served meat broth + chicken?

Denver recommendations?

I recently visited Denver (from SF) and really enjoyed an amazing dinner at The Populist. Highly recommended for a good bar and an outstanding, creative meal. I did the 7-course prix fixe for $35 and it was exceptional. Who knew I loved smoked jackfruit!

Also enjoyed The Kitchen for lunch.

Nov 06, 2014
escargot3 in Mountain States

Grocery Outlet--November 2014

California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil first cold press
on sale at Berkeley Bowl $7.00 for 500 ml

Quick question: A place for a drink and a snack in Oakland this afternoon

mua used to be my go-to destination for what you described. unfortunately they've eliminated the upstairs bar and the place just ain't the same ever since.

in Denver seeking ethnic or interesting spot on south University Blvd

report back: Udom Thai isn't a destination, but it fit the bill for ethnic food in an area choked by chains.

Nov 02, 2014
escargot3 in Mountain States

in Denver seeking ethnic or interesting spot on south University Blvd

Visiting from SF and was a passenger last nite as we drove around. Noticed a bunch of small interesting restos perhaps on University Blvd (south). Any suggestions of a place to try? Am I totally wrong about the street? Thanks

Oct 31, 2014
escargot3 in Mountain States

SFBA Dish of the Month (Nov 2014) - Nominations/Voting


Where to eat Saturday night near Castro Theater? [San Francisco]

great suggestion. i forgot about that spot.

Where to eat Saturday night near Castro Theater? [San Francisco]

-Chilango Mexican on Church St
-L'Ardoise (tho I haven't been there myself, I heard good things)

Bhavika’s Indian Vegetarian Food, Sunnyvale

stopped by and had a wonderful time tasting many new (for me) items:

-methi thepla: a rolled up flatbread made from whole wheat and fresh fenugeek leaves
-Undhiyu: a Gujarati mixed vegetable dish with an earthy flavor. It's a slow-cooked stew of a variety of items that included beans, chickpea flour and more
-a thali that had fabulous Gujarati spicing that I cannot name, and included the best samosa ever.

Even the chai was outstanding.

Indian restaurants, San Jose to Mountain View

While driving down El Camino Real, we passed a resto with a parking lot jammed with people/cars. Noticed a sign that indicated new ownership. And en route back, stopped in to the new Ulavacharu to see what all the ruckus was about.

The answer: Fabulous food from the Hyderabad region.

Seems like everyone was there for the mid-day buffet. We arrived after that was closed. Instead, took delight in robustly spiced:
-Matka Chole
-Andhra Chicken Curry
-Lamb Chettinad (with poppy seed and coconut)
Each was outstanding.
I would go out of my way to find an excuse to return and continue testing the menu.
ps- Liquor license is pending (cause of new ownership)

Ruth's annual birthday dinner dilemma -- 2014 edition

Went to cafe Rouge this evening after a long hiatus. It was great: seasonal food, impeccable preparation . On a Tuesday nite, it was almost full - and quiet enough for a conversation.

Faro salad was the base for watercress, with mint,grapes and Turkish peppers. The clean flavors sparkled.

My local pan seared snapper was served in a bit of stew consisting of fennel and leeks -- very very fresh fish. I loved it.

Unfortunately I was too full for dessert, or I would have snagged the lemon verbena crème brulée.

Did I mention -- they prepared one of the best margharitas ever?

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

need to correct an error: the Rockridge BART does NOT require a transfer to SF. That line is direct to SF.

Tostilocos and Mexican ice cream in Hayward

Stumbled into a Mexican ice cream parlor while waiting for service on my vehicle this aft. United Paleteria on Mission.

My jaw dropped from the variety of options, and then, the delight in a generous serving of guanabana ice cream for $2. Replete with seeds to add texture, color and to show it's authentic, I assume.

But what really caught my attention was the wild notion of tostilocos (a base of Tostitos heaped with pickled pork skin, hard shelled peanuts, tamarind, jicama, cucumber, chamoy, chile). I woulda given it a try 'cept I was full from filipino lunch across the street at Restaurant Kubo (everyone else's lunch seemed better than mine...)

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

OMG finally I've had brilliant rye bread in the Bay Area.
M.H. is the winner hands down. It has a robust flavor, great crust... at $9 a loaf it's pricey, but it's also significantly larger than most loaves.

I had them pre-slice it, which I would not do again -- I like thinner slices.

ps- Nothing special about the croissant IMHO. And the buckwheat cookie was a fun idea, but was just bland. I will save my buckwheat need for the buckwheat scone at "Companion Bakery" in Santa Cruz.

Black Cod - Where to Get It???

Often sold at Tokyo Fish in Berkeley/Albany

A "special" dinner in SFBA -- your thoughts much appreciated

has anyone had the burger at Zuni recently? used to be a fave, but it's been a long time since IIRC they only serve it at lunch.
(along w/ excellent shoestring potatoes)