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Economic Collapse Crumb Cake [01 Aug 2011|11:07am]

I made this in San Francisco: Economic Collapse Crumb Cake.

From Apocalypse Cakes.
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dine about town 2010 [11 Jan 2010|10:03pm]

 it's that time of year again, time for dine about town! has anyone had good or bad experiences going to any of these restaurants for their special prix fixe menus?
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Cool menus [30 Nov 2009|03:10pm]

I have a somewhat unusual question to ask.
I am looking for SF restaurants that have the most visually or otherwise interesting menus. Like, with cool graphics, or some witty quotations, or engaging stories printed on the menus. Do you know of any places in the city that have this?
Thank you in advance!

(to be x-posted to Yelp...)
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Want to join my new dining club? [18 Nov 2009|08:42pm]

We're just getting it started, it's called Good Taste (unless someone proposes a better name). We're aiming for our first dining out experience Monday around 8pm at Le Central French bistro. We'd love to have you! I started a group page on Google, check it out for more info.

glam aka tony
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Mazu [01 Oct 2009|04:59pm]

3809 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118-3210
(415) 221-9800

My friend just opened an Asian fusion restaurant in San Francisco, so if you're looking for something new to try, please head down Geary and give it a shot! We ate there last week and everything was delicious. The seating was comfortable and there was a live DJ throwing down some classic hip hop for a laid-back, casual atmosphere. We had the Mango Summer Rolls, Korean Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and Beef Bulgogi Rolls to start. I ordered the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass (marinated in white miso with sake and roasted in banana leaf) as my entree. It was cooked to perfection. Not to mention, the soju cocktails are dangerous ;)

Going back again this weekend because it was so good. We didn't get to try everything we wanted on the menu because everything sounded awesome. The menu and drink list can be found on the website if you're interested.
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In search of Ice Cream [28 Aug 2009|03:21pm]

Hi everyone, I was hoping that someone here knows what I'm talking about.


that is a picture of the ice cream I've been trying to find for the last couple of years. I'm an SF native and I used to find these guys at liquor stores or corner markets back when I was in high school (10 years ago or so) but I haven't 'seen them since! It appears to be a local company but I couldn't find anything on them online, and I just want to know if they're still in business because they made really delicious malt ice cream. Any info would help.


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San Francisco Street Food Festival - Saturday Aug 22 [19 Aug 2009|05:22pm]


La Cocina presents a one-day street food feeding frenzy! We're closing the street. We're pouring street food inspired cocktails. We're serving casual, affordable food from every corner of the globe. Come eat with us. This is food for all. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be sold by each vendor, with nothing costing more than $8.

The day-long block party will bring together micro-entrepreneurs, informal food vendors and renowned chefs to celebrate great street food, entrepreneurial spirit and the vibrant communities of San Francisco. In addition to delicious eats, the festival will feature a beer and spirits garden, roving street musicians, street art projects, and a hands-on children's play area, as well as multi-lingual services for attendees. The event is a benefit for La Cocina.

read more at sfstreetfoodfest.com
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szechuan ramen [04 Aug 2009|04:54pm]

while i was in LA recently, i ate at chin-ma-ya of tokyo and it was easily, hands down the best ramen of my life. apparently their ramen is "szechuan style" (and apparently ramen was originally chinese. who knew?), and i've been craving it since i got back. does anybody know of anyplace in the bay area to get szechuan ramen? preferably east bay, SF also possible?
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Sampling [22 Jul 2009|05:17pm]

I am looking for a restaurant in the city where I could do a bit of sampling, akin to tapas or mezze, but not necessarily related to Spanish or Mediterranean food per se. Asian would probably not work, but European of some kind would be great. Something nice and romantic, but not too crowded or loud. Also, it needs to be open on a Monday.

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dine about town SF: june 1 - 15 [21 May 2009|12:59pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Dine About Town is back again for June!


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Good Bars/Brewerys for big groups [14 May 2009|01:31pm]

is there a good bar/brewerys that are good for big groups that take reservations near SF? Getting parking would be a plus as well.
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[05 May 2009|10:40pm]

Oprah bought the country free KFC.

No bull$hit.

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[23 Apr 2009|01:02pm]

Where are The Best fish tacos in the bay area? Tell me! :)
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ISO good "Work dinner" location - SSF, SFO, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo [11 Apr 2009|08:47pm]

[ mood | grateful ]

Hi all,

Help - I'm in charge of planning a full work event.  The day's seminar will be held at a Millbrae hotel, and then I'm in charge of finding a nice dinner venue that isn't too far of a drive.  I'm focusing on Burlingame and San Mateo (if SSF and Millbrae have options, I'm open, but I know there isn't much there....). 

The group won't want to drive north to SF, since many live south.  Our group has gone to Kincaids, Viognier, Il Fornaio, in the past, so I'd rather not re-visit those. I thought I'd read about a new restaurant opening in the Peninsula that seemed like a great fit, but couldn't find any news of it.

Is 231 Ellsworth really as inconsistent as eveyrone says?

I'd love to dazzle my coworkers with a great find, so I appreciate any reqs!

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Bland Name Hides Super Flavorful and Garlicky Middle Eastern Food at Gourmet Express in Milpitas [07 Apr 2009|10:14am]

There's only one restaurant in a weirder location and that's Suraj across the street  in the corner of the Best Western.

If you're working in Silicon Valley, this place is basically at the northeast intersection of Hwy 237 and I-880 so it's quicker to get to than you might think.

It's hard to find a nicer proprietor than the owner of this place who always greets you with a smile and wants to know how your meal was. She has you pay after the meal, which is fine though I've almost forgotten to pay on almost every visit.

The chicken schwarma platter is definitely the way to go here. It costs $9.50, and you get a big pile o' meat ( which included shredded chicken, garlic sauce, and onions), warm pita, and your choice of four sides. My sides included the best baba ganoush and hummus I've ever had and  the super addictive lemon garlic potatoes. The creamy garlic sauce was served on top of the chicken  and it was very garlicky which is a good thing. There's even a tiny used book library on the premises if you come by yourself with nothing to read at lunch.

This is the kind of place that tastes pretty good the first time and even better the next time. Now I'm addicted. What do they put in those lemon garlic potatoes? They will throw in a few extra pitas for free if you ask. The only downside to this place is that there are 3 great sides, but the others to choose from are only okay. These are the tomato/cucumber salad, tabbouleh (I've finally realized I'm just not that into tabbouleh) and dolmas.

The alternate name for this place on the signs is Garlic Land for a reason. It's too bad it's not the main name because "Gourmet Express" is like the worst, most vague name ever. I'm surprised they didn't go with "Restaurant Bistro" or "Fast and Tasty." But then again what does a name like "Fresh Choice" really tell you about a restaurant?

I just wish they would serve lunch on Saturdays...
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Suggestions on Becoming a Published Food Writer? [29 Mar 2009|01:05pm]

[ mood | curious ]

  I'm just curious: Have any of you had your writing about food published? I'm wondering what it takes to be a food critic and or food writer.  I'm thinking about dabbling in this field-if possible- as a side job or hobby, since I doubt they pay those who are not yet published. Any suggestions on how to get started from the beginning? I'm not really able to go back to school right now (I have my degrees in English), so I would have to get experience without a traditional foodie education.  Any suggestions?

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Great Italian food [18 Mar 2009|06:52pm]

My father's restaurant is coming up on its 1 year anniversary. It would be great if it could actually be busy the way it was when he first opened the place. It's been a slow year and it's been hard on my dad both financially and emotionally. If any of you can make it out to Alameda for lunch or dinner one(or more!) of these days, I promise you won't regret it.

My dad owns and operates Acquacotta where he makes amazing classic Italian food. After travel and research and several decades in the restaurant business he has come up with some of the best recipes I've ever tasted. Creamy risotto and crispy tramazzino, all of it's great food! He doesn't always have vegetarian entrees on the menu, but if you call in with a day or two notice, he'll always make it happen.

The restaurant is called Acquacotta and is located at 1544 Webster St. in Alameda.
For more info including hours, menu and phone number go to http://www.acquacotta.net/

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Malt vinegar powder? [15 Mar 2009|07:18pm]

 Sorry for the x-post...

Does anyone know of any retail outlet in the Bay Area that sells malt vinegar or regular vinegar powder? I am only finding it for order online and would love to buy it in person from a local shop.
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Sausalito Taco Stand [13 Mar 2009|09:42pm]

[ mood | relaxed ]

 A little bit pricey after it all adds up but yummy and a great patio for people watching and relaxing by the harbor.

Salsa!                                                  Mole chicken enchilada

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Restaurant for a family party in SF or nearby [10 Mar 2009|12:48pm]

I need personal recommendations (for or against) of a restaurant with the following qualities:

Accommodates a family gathering of about 20
Not too fancy, but not fast food either
Preferably something European or American or Middle Eastern
Has some chance of nearby parking
Not too loud, not too dark, and please, no live entertainment

The last time we did this we went to Old Krakow. That was pretty much exactly what we were looking for, but we would rather not gather in the same place twice in a row, and their prices have gone up quite a bit since our last visit.

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Frustrated delivery in SOMA [01 Mar 2009|07:13pm]

[ mood | angry ]

...so for the umpteenth time, I just got the bait and switch on delivery food.

frabjous_day: "Hello, I wanted to see if you delivered to south of market?"
Restaurant: "Let me check....." *pause while they confer offline to look up our address* "Yes, we deliver"
FD: "Fabulous, i'll call back with our order"

after placing the order, in about 20" I get another call.

Restaurant: "We can't find your house on the map?"
FD: "We live on Folsom St" (I'll spare you the spelling of Folsom 14 times)
Restaurant: "Ooohhhh.... we don't deliver there"
FD: "(#*$_#$_)@($_)!!!!!!!!"

This happens all the damn time.  And of course, when it happens, I'm at the point of digesting vital organs and fracking starving, so my crankiness goes to DefCon 5 and steam shoots out my ears.

*gracefully clears throat*

Therefore.... does anyone have good recommendations on delivery places (Thai, Chinese) that will actually deliver to SOMA?  Even streets near the 6th street corridor?

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Sashimi Grade Fish? [27 Jan 2009|04:35pm]

So we're going to have a sashimi party, and of course the key element of this would be the Sashimi. Thus, as we're in the San Mateo/Redwood City area we are wondering whether there is a good local place to buy quantities of sashimi grade fish. Help appreciated in advance!

Edit: Thanks guys, today we got 4 pounds of sashimi (toro, maguro, sake, hamachi and kanpachi) for under $100. Fresh fish, beautiful presentation.
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San Francisco Dine About Town 2009 [12 Jan 2009|04:01pm]

SF Dine About Town 2009 is coming! Lunch and dinner prix fixe menus from a number of restaurants you've been meaning to try. January 15th - 31st.

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[15 Dec 2008|12:13pm]

I find a lot of tantalizing food photos during my daily internet exploits, and I've finally decided to keep track of them. I've created a new Tumblr blog specifically for logging the most dizzying food porn that I come across. Check it out:

MegaNom blog on Tumblr

Here's the LJ feed:


Here's the MegaNom RSS Feed if you want to add it to another kind of reader.

Enjoy! And feel free to send me anything that you think I should post.
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