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Coupla Minor Food Tips for Church & Market Denizens & Q: Where's the Bulgarian (or another really great) Yogurt Hiding?

Niki Rothman | May 30, 200605:57 PM

OK: for the Church & Market crowd -

1) As of saturday, perfect, old-school really SWEET, strawberries at the Arab grocery on the SW corner of Church & 15th. - 99 cents a pint. Entertainment thrown in free of charge. Want to hear a really big whopper? Go ahead and compliment the fruits and vegetables (most of which are just average). The proprietor invariably starts bragging that his produce guy has been delivering there for 75 years!

2) Two of the clerks at Aardvark Books across the street maintain the above deli's meatball sub sandwiches are the best lunch deal in the immediate area.

3) Personally, I love the A plus wor wonton soup at Red Jade next to Aardvark (superior broth and lotsa big pieces of meat), but maybe the book guys were talking about take-out. Also, the soup is $7 and the meatball sandwich is only $4, I think. No guarantees, I have not eaten this sandwich myself.

4) Also, I really shouldn't share this because I've been shut out a couple of times, but Just Desserts has very delicious day old lemon layer cake that taste perfectly fresh, for $2 a slice.

5) No Name Sushi: will the miniscule amount of fish in the maki/rolls eventually diminish until it is invisible to the naked eye? They say they'll give you EXTRA fish in the rolls for $1.50 per, but it's STILL not even average. Shame them and tell them so. I need this place to shape up.

6) Another hot tip for those at the mercy of Golden Produce's or Safeway's tasteless exorbitantly priced anemic tomatoes: the Arab grocery on the north side of Market directly across from Cafe Flor (Henry Street?) for some reason that defies the seasons and Mother Nature, as of last week, has heirloom tasting, big, sweet, round, juicy but not mushy, red tomatoes for $1.45#.
Best recent lunch: open faced sandwich - Niman ranch bacon (TJ's & Safeway), mayo, and THESE sliced tomatoes on Oroweat Oat Nut toast.

Now, I hope you can help me out. Does anyone (Hi rw!) know where I can find Bulgarian yogurt? I read a snooty food article lately claiming Bulgarian yogurt was unsurpassed for flavor. OR, do you have a tip on a really rich plain yogurt with a lot of character?
I've been buying Oakland-produced Pavel's Russian Style, and it's very good, but I'm looking for great.

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