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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)

east bay search: cellophane bags and paper hand towels

Does Paper Plus OUtlet on San Pablo in Berkeley still exist? If so, I'd call them.

Bread- East Bay

I love the "Wholey Moley" bread w/ seeds from Feel Good Bakery in Alameda. Get it at the Sunday Farmer's Mkt at the Oakland DMV.

Shishitos at Skool

Interesting, cause I hit a seriously hot padron in the first batch harvested this summer. But it was also a larger one, that had been on the plant longer than others. And it was a doozy. Loved it.

And will keep sugar cubes on hand next summer...

Shishitos at Skool

I grow both padrone and shishito peppers in my yard in Oakland.

In my experience, only with the padrones is it Russian roulette. I've never had a hot shishito. I wonder if it's the source of the varietal that helps control the level of heat the peppers can reach. (Thank you, Kassenhoff Growers.)

Shakewell - First Visit [Lakeshore, Oakland]

Judging from the posts here, I surmise that my experience tonite was an exception to the rule. First impression: things were a tad chaotic behind the bar and the kitchen prepared dishes that were uneven. That said, they are new and probably it's best to chalk it up to a bad nite, or Sept 11, or the recent Harvest Moon...

The hits:
Totally agree that the warm salad of grilled romaine hearts with boquerones, etc is as described by Rapini.
The grilled flatbread with smokey eggplant & a hint of harissa was delightful.

The disappointment:
Octapus with olives, celery, etc and aioli lacked in flavor.

The chaos:
Some bartender had the dropsies. Another newbie bartender messed up the cocktails pretty bad. BUT the more senior bartender came to rescue with well-executed drinks. AND one of them comped dessert. Very professional.

I will definitely return soon and give them a second try. The ambience is inviting. The staff is friendly and eager to make one feel welcomed in Oaktown fashion. Seated at the bar, there was zero problem with noise. Conversation with my friend, and other friendly people seated alongside us, was easy to hear, tho the house was full and music was on moderate volume.

Grocery Outlet August, 2014

sounds like it would be good for the earthquake emergency kit...

site forgetting "read" posts

Since the problem is inconsistent on Firefox, testing on another browser wouldn't reveal too much unless I spent a lotta time -- which unfortunately, I can't.

Aug 27, 2014
escargot3 in Site Talk

site forgetting "read" posts

I am having the opposite problem: all posts are presented as read, even posts that have NOT YET been read.

Aug 27, 2014
escargot3 in Site Talk

Los Cilantros in Berkeley

A few of us had dinner here on Friday nite - and enjoyed every bite: barbacoa, carnitas, chicken mole ... all were exceptionally well-prepared. As good as it gets in the East Bay.

We also had IPA on tap (albeit in a plastic cup..like an A's game without the silly uniforms.)

East Bay BBQ

I used to be a regular but too often the chicken was dry and way over salted.

Kenkoy's -- Filipino food in Hayward

unfortunately, my meeting took much longer than I expected, and I lost the opportunity for a CH adventure. Hopefully next time!

Love chicken adobo and I've started having my mail carrier teach me some Tagalog.

Kenkoy's -- Filipino food in Hayward

Has anyone been here recently? I'm gonna be in Hayward tomorrow and am looking for a lunch spot.

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

You are so right! What a lost opportunity. On Southwest it coulda been up to a 50# bag! And I coulda sold 'em, and with the profit earned, at least have the price of lunch somewhere nice...

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

I just came back from Denver with a container of roasted hatch chiles... yum.

Boulder, CO suggestions

Stopped in to The Kitchen for lunch after visiting the Farmer's Market on Saturday and enjoyed a fabulous meal: food + service were excellent. From the housemade bread, to the impeccable lamb burger (charred edges, medium rare, slightly gamey flavor...yum), to the extra-fried fries (not a tad greasy), to the housemade ice cream (lemon verbena!), we all were wowed by the flavors. One of our group had the polenta w/ wild mushrooms -- it was really extraordinary. Even the iced tea was nicely made.

All 3 of us were especially impressed by the professional service -- attentive, warm but not cloying. And water glasses promptly filled without asking is always appreciated...

Aug 18, 2014
escargot3 in Mountain States

Sichuan Peppercorns & Chili Bean Paste in East Bay? SF?

I love getting both spices and herbal teas at Lhasa Karnak. They are always quite fresh. And actually, parking during the day is easy thanks to meters.

Okonomiyaki: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2014

I don't recall sweet potato in the dish at NG. Like ThomasNash, this is where I was introduced to the concept, so I have no basis of comparison except to say I've had it several times, with different dining partners,and each time was thoroughly enjoyed. My impression is that it's a medley that always has oysters, sprouts, bonita flakes. After that, it depends on what's in the kitchen.

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

The new design elements make it difficult for me to read, and visually less appealing. Kinda dumbed-down.

best cioppinno?

Surprisingly good at Spenger's in Berkeley.

Zuni Cafe, 2014 [San Francisco]

sounds fabulous. i haven't been in a while and this is a great reminder to add Zuni to the rotation. Glad to hear such a glowing report after the loss of its visionary founder.

Croissants - SF Dish of the Month February 2014

This morning I finally got to try the croissant at Pizzaiolo in oakland. They are only available Fri- Sun (I believe). But sad to say, I was sorely disappointed. They looked perfect. But one bite in, and the problem was clear: drenching in too much butter. Like, way too soggy. Given the brickoven, I had high hopes. It was kind overcast and chilly this morning, so I might try again on a sunny day.

Ethiopian Injera Made Only with Teff in Oakland

the 100% teff injera is yummy, but beware:
the additional fee (as others have noted) is $1 per piece of injera.

What's up with the Public Market in Emeryville?

Employees from local businesses, and the hotel across the street.
Hollis St is filled with people who don't work 9-5.
Local families looking for affordable meals where kids can make noise and a mess.

Augie's Montreal smoked meat is fabulous [Oakland]

Thanks for the tip, mocster. I haven't enjoyed Montreal smoked meats in a long time.

What's up with the Public Market in Emeryville?

This post is kinda funny timing for me. I hadn't been to the E'ville Mkt in years, but happened to be passing by yesterday, and hungry. Got chicken tikka from the Afghani spot. It was excellent. Nicely spiced, generous serving, $8.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

ah yes. my bad. thanks for the correction.

Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

My recollection was that the burger at Hopscotch was a flop. The first one came out so rare it was still moo-ing. its replacement was meh. Off day? new chef? dunno. Haven't had much desire to go back and try again.

World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

rosamunde's would be fun.

La Pena also is open for the games, so for the day games, it's an opportunity to try the resto as well.

World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Any Oakland spots to recommend?