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best cioppinno?

Surprisingly good at Spenger's in Berkeley.

1 day ago
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Zuni 2014

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.

1 day ago
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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.

Jul 18, 2014
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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.

Jul 16, 2014
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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.

Jun 25, 2014
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Augie's Montreal smoked meat is fabulous [Oakland]

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

Jun 25, 2014
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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.

Jun 25, 2014
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Anyone know a great East Bay Burger joint?

ah yes. my bad. thanks for the correction.

Jun 16, 2014
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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.

Jun 16, 2014
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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.

Jun 13, 2014
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World Cup 2014 Viewing and Eats

Any Oakland spots to recommend?

Jun 13, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

too bad about Jerusalem. I'm usually quite hesitant about sending the plate back. Did you consider that option?

Jun 06, 2014
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Falafel: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2014

I suspect that means they'll use chickpea flour + spices to make a waffle.

Jun 04, 2014
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Opah cheeks--preparation ideas?

I grilled opah cheeks last nite. A sustainable fish, with a meaty flavor, it was fabulous.

Jun 04, 2014
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Giin Thai Canteen - South Berkeley

Ordered some food to go yesterday and was quite pleased.
-Tom Yum had a clean flavor, and a bit of a chile kick.
-Yellow Curry with Chicken was also simple, clean flavor. they were quite accomodating to preferences for veggies included. Portion of chicken was on the smaller side, but price was as well.

Most important:
-They are refraining from using the ubiquitous sugar all too overwhelming in Thai food around here.
-Great option of brown rice (actually more like red thai rice)

It's a welcomed neighborhood resto addition to the South Berkeley/North Oakland corridor. I will be back soon.

Jun 03, 2014
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BBQ Hut at 6400 Shattuck. [Oakland]

Thanks, tm, for the report. Too bad that they aren't reliable.

May 31, 2014
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BBQ Hut at 6400 Shattuck. [Oakland]

bummer. I stopped by at 6:45 this evening, and it was closed, gate locked.

any news?

May 30, 2014
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dinner near Ashby BART

A tad further but a nice addition to the neighb is the BBQ Hut on Shattuck at Alcatraz. Nice smokey flavor. Dry rub so not slathered in sauce.

May 25, 2014
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Los Cilantros in Berkeley

Curious about the price. Website says $9 for a taco or tamale, which for La Pena raises eyebrows. http://www.loscilantros-sf.com/menu/

May 23, 2014
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Any Good Coffee in Downtown Oakland?

New spot sounds fab (Sandbox croissants are my fave...):
COLOSO COFFEE Uptown Oakland has a new, emphasis on little, caffeine spot called Coloso that’s serving Sightglass coffee. 7 x 7 reports that the owners are Renzo Gianella, Jose Posadas, and Maggie Servais and the San Francisco publication raves about the “French with a Japanese bent” pastries from Bernal Heights’ Sandbox Bakery, made fresh daily by “pastry goddess” Matsumi Takhara. “Her scones, croissants, and muffins are worth waking up for,” they write. Coloso Coffee is at 1715 Webster St. (between 18th and 19th streets).

May 17, 2014
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How does my eating itinerary look?

how was your trip?

May 09, 2014
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Oakland/Berkeley restaurant recommendations for my 28th birthday dinner with my mom?

I think there's been a change at A Cote. eg last 2 times I went, they dropped the classic steak/frites from the menu.

May 07, 2014
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Iyasare (former O Chame space) [Berkeley]

The new interior design seems like it's great -- for that LA or Vegas experience. The interior design of Iyasare has nothing interesting for my eye. The food, by contrast, is brilliant.

Last weekend, 2 of us enjoyed the unagi bbq eel, okonomi seafood pancake, what I would call a "deconstructed" chawanmushi (something new the chef was playing with), scallops/uni combo and the indescribably heavenly black cod. Perhaps not traditional, all was impeccable both in taste, presentation and service.

May 03, 2014
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Iyasare (former O Chame space) [Berkeley]

whole foods in berkeley had the caramel balasamic yesterday.

May 03, 2014
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Dinner suggestions--Van Ness & Market (Civic Center)? [San Francisco]

Gyro King is a middle east deli that's close to the bart station. I like their salads.

Lers Ros Thai on Hayes is excellent, and a bit more money.

Apr 29, 2014
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Weekday Lunch for 23 (Berkeley or Oakland)

Shen Hua on College is great for lunch - it's not noisy & they have great lunch specials.

Apr 23, 2014
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Grocery Outlet -- April 2014

just curious: do you return opened bottles?

Apr 21, 2014
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Molcajete in Oakland - any hound reports?

The chilaquiles in tomatillo sauce was the highlight for me. I'll definitely be returning for that.

Apr 20, 2014
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Smokey J's Q House - BBQ in Berkeley

good to know. I might give'em a try again. The last few times I ordered the chicken, it was too dry and too salty to eat. So I gave up on it.

Apr 20, 2014
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Cant find Pepperoni sticks anywhere (Livermore Area)

If you're in the Rockridge/Elmwood area of Oakland, Verbrugge makes their own using turkey, and no preservatives. They're rather good.

Apr 12, 2014
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