San Francisco Bay Area

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This Russian Honey Cake Is Layer Upon Layer of Pure Deliciousness

In honor of National Honey Bee Day on August 15, we've already taken a dive into the difference between regular, raw, and Manuka honey, and showcased some of the best honey recipes—but this Russian...

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Sesame balls @ Happy Bakery (SF)

by Melanie Wong 15 years ago

Happy Bakery, across Irving from T C Pastry, has a "grand opening" sign. The fried sesame balls looked good, so I picked up an order for 3/$1.30. When the counterlady handed me the bag, the heavy...

Reservations for The French Laundry Fall 2020

The Chowhound Team
by The Chowhound Team 1 month ago

Hi all, With dining opening in the Bay Area and an exchange of French Laundry reservations possible again, we have created this post dedicated to that purpose. We have locked the previous Fre...

Seeking kaymak

by morabbiton 7 years ago

Just returned from Istanbul and am desperately looking for a place that sells kaymak or water buffalo milk so that I can make my own. Any tips? Or any recommendations for restaurants that serve Tur...

Mushroom Buns from TC Pastry in San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 years ago

Since reading about it here a couple years ago, TC Pastry has become one of my favorite stops for take-out dim sum. Overall quality is quite good with few clunkers and just about everything I've ...

Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, Nov 16-22

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

"With the goal of promoting Italian culinary traditions and food-and-wine connoisseurship as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture, the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World reaches it...

Chez Panisse Farm Boxes and Pantry Goods, Berkeley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Chez Panisse has joined the gaggle of restaurants helping consumers get their hands on top quality fresh produce and pantry items. Its online shop opens for orders on Friday at noon (and sells out ...

RIP Cecilia Chiang

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

This morning brought the sad news that Cecilia Chiang left us today. She celebrated her 100th birthday last month. Her pioneering restaurant, The Mandarin, elevated the status of Chinese cuisine in...

Does anyone remember Michael's?

by kateD 11 years ago

Does anyone remember an old style steak restaurant called Michael's in the Bay Area? I think it was in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto or San Jose area. Red leather booths, etc. Is it still around?

Blast from the past - Salmagundi's [moved from San Francisco Bay Area board]

by cmvan 10 years ago

I expect a lot of us used to depend on this place for a great lunch - super soups, great salads, breads, desserts. And then they were gone. In checking the internet, the only recipe from them I'...

Fair Food Frenzy, 11/6 to 11/8, Cloverdale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 29 days ago

"Join Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Extreme Food and Beverage, Dynamite Kettle Corn and The Sleek Greek this weekend to get your Fair Food Fix! This drive thru event runs Friday-Sunday from 11am-8pm. On ...

Philly Cheesesteak @ Koala's Fine Food in Guerneville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 24 days ago

Yesterday's news filled me with gratitude for the voters in the City of Brotherly Love . . . and a craving for a Philly cheesesteak. Not easy to find a good one in California, let alone wine countr...

Where to find broadleaf thyme?

by walkie74 28 days ago

I know it goes by many other names, like ajiwain, Mexican mint (as opposed to spear or pepper mint), Cuban oregano, and so on. But trying to find actual leaves has been a QUEST. Does anyone know wh...

Grocery Outlet - October 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

What are your finds this month at Grocery Outlet? Marina GO (Monterey Peninsula): Ben & Jerry's cold brew caramel latte ice cream, $1.99 - Finally, something worthwhile in the ice cream case at...

Portofino North Beach

by capt. alsie 29 days ago

I haven't seen any mention yet of this little gem. Run by local Frank Balastiere and his wife, the parklet isn't much to look at, but all the money is on the plate, as my Dad used to say. Stopped f...

Ayawaska (Peruvian, Petaluma)

by Malcolm Ruthven 1 month ago

Someone from Peru recommended Ayawaska to me as being quite good. So today I drove to Petaluma and got Lomo Saltado Clasico (take-out) from Ayawaska. I had half of the order for dinner (the pic is ...

Soylent: the protein powder Silicon Valley's techies just can't get enough of

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

"...Soylent, Schmilk and some others typically taste like bland, gritty pancake batter. But never mind that, because the meal replacements save techies cost and time. While a meal generally costs u...

SALE: Live jumbo lobsters, $7.95/lb @ New England Lobster, Burlingame

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Tip from a shy chowhound: NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER Jumbo Live Lobsters (6-10 lb each) $7.95/lb. Large Culls (One Claw) 2-6 lbs each $7.50/lb Frozen 4 - 5 oz Lobster Tails $6.95 each or 10 lb cas...

Outdoor Halloween Movie Night at Davis Family Vineyards, 10/31

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

"Davis Family Vineyards is hosting an under-the-full-blue-moon movie night featuring Stephen King's 'The Shining" this Halloween night and you're invited! Your 'movie ticket' will be a $32 wine ...

ISO fresh, shucked clams & clam juice

by walkoffdinner 1 month ago

I bought clams at Berkeley Bowl to cook & make the clam juice and it worked, but for the expense it did not provide more than 1/2 cup of clams. Please post if you know of a market that sells fresh ...

Watermelons WITH seeds?

by FrannySF 3 months ago

I love watermelon, but those seedless ones in the store are poor replicas. Does anyone know where to purchase a watermelon WITH seeds? In my opinion, no seeds, no flavor. Used to be a pickup par...