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Best Brunch Buffet

The best is probably at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay...Nice setting on a cliff overlooking the ocean. NO price on the website, but it's about $100. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Propert...

Annual birthday dinner dilemma

I s'pose I'm a bit late to the party, but I'll tell you where I go for my birthday, since it seems to meet most of your requirements: Bocanova, Jack London Square. I don't do dessert, so I won't vouch for that. But I found it easy on the wallet, interesting menu - Latin American and then some - friendly/comfortable. Service is solid and the setting is great.

Belated best.

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Jack London Square
70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

Bocanova
55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Mar 21, 2011
Unk in San Francisco Bay Area

Buddhist Vegetarian Chinese/Taiwanese in Sunset Park/Bay Ridge or elsewhere in Brooklyn

Taiwan? Well, yes and no. There are many hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurants, clearly marked. They tend to be pretty standard fare, centered around fake meats (soy, wheat gluten). Much of is is simply to oily/greasy for me. There is also some that is attractively spiced and quite enjoyable. It's all cheap, so, you win a few, you lose a few. Most of these places are clustered around large temples.

There are also a FEW nice, elegant, large (all relatively speaking) restaurants. These are geared toward visitors who may be Buddhist. More money, of course; nicer surroundings. Not a long, unsteady table in a sweat house, shared with 30 fellow diners as with the holes-in-the-wall.

Panama is another place with similar restaurants, albeit without the religious over- unter-tones.

Jan 03, 2011
Unk in Outer Boroughs

Healthy Indian?

Thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions. Sincerely. I've started a 'short list' of places to try. I do realize the need for oil in Indian (or Senegalese or Ethiopian or Eritrean...) food. I'm just looking for that optimum balance. And I believe your guidance will be helpful. Again, thanks.

P.S. I'm new to these boards/forums, but hope to participate actively in the future.

Feb 22, 2009
Unk in San Francisco Bay Area

Healthy Indian?

I've a craving for Indian food that I've supressed for a couple of years now because I haven't found a place offering healthy food. By my definition, this means 'not swimming in oil or cheese'. I haven't really been actively looking, so it's more a random sampling of places I just happened to be passing, when hungry, and with enough time to consider a meal.

In India, I've found places - not many - that offer such fare, both Northern and Southern Indian styles, so I'm convinced that the spicy-ness and flavor of Indian food is possible without the oil. As an aside, I'm also vegetarian/vegan, but that's much easier to deal with than what I perceive as the health issue.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

(Edit: Optimally, East Bay)

Feb 20, 2009
Unk in San Francisco Bay Area