Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco: Bangkok Noodles & Thai B.B.Q.


Bangkok Noodles & Thai B.B.Q.  110 Powell St., 2 blks. to Union Square, (415) 397-2199.  Cash only.  Daily 11am-1am; $.  You can observe the kitchen in action through a window from the sidewalk before you enter this little hole in the wall, which serves up delicious noodles and rice plates.  My favorites are #S4 Udon Pad Se-lew—stir fried fat udon noodles with Chinese broccoli, black bean sauce, and really good white-meat chicken—and #20 Pra-Ram Long Srong—chewy flat rice noodles topped with spicy peanut sauce.  Next time I’ll try #26 Khao Pad Ped—fried rice with roast duck, and #S7 Udon Pad Tom Yum—udon noodles with yummy Tom Yum sauce and shrimp.  #45 Tom Kha Gai—chicken-mushroom-coconut soup--and #18 Pad Thai—the classic rice noodle with shrimp dish—are also on my radar.  Condiments are on the table to fine-tune the kick.


kitchen at Bangkok Noodles & Thai B.B.Q. in San Francisco



#20 Pra-Ram Long Srong at Bangkok Noodles & Thai B.B.Q. in San Francisco
#20 Pra-Ram Long Srong


#S4 Udon Pad Se-lew at Bangkok Noodles & Thai B.B.Q. in San Francisco
#S4 Udon Pad Se-lew
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Monday, February 23, 2015

80 North: Berkeley, Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar


Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar  2367 Telegraph Ave., Channing Way, (510) 405-1000.  In the space that once held Larry Blakes is now this fast-food venue named after the winningest Cal football coach ever--Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf.  Place your order at the counter, then select a stool at the window to watch the street parade or just about anywhere else to watch the TVs providing heavy sports coverage.  The menu is a variety of burgers and salads.  Look out Michael Moore—supersize is alive and well on Telegraph Avenue!  And the potato salad is almost as good as what my Mammy used to make.  Pool tables are downstairs, which becomes the LUX nightclub at 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

interior of Pappy's Grill & Sports Bar in Berkeley, California

 burgers at Pappy's Grill & Sports Bar in Berkeley, California

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

80 North: Emeryville, Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria


Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria  4301 San Pablo Ave./43nd St., (510) 547-0550.  M 7-3, Tu-F 7-7, Sat-Sun 8-7.  Located in a sort of strip mall with plenty of parking in back, this worker-owned cooperative is named for a Spanish priest who established worker-owned co-ops in the Basque region of Spain.  Organic flour and natural ingredients are used to prepare pastries, cookies, breads, and particularly good pizza.  A different slice pizza is available hot each day after 11:30 a.m.  When I was here it was a surprisingly delicious roasted cauliflower with cilantro.  More varieties of whole pizzas and bake-at-home pizzas are also available, and you can call to reserve one.  Organic coffees and teas are also served.  A few tables are provided inside, but many more are outside on a sheltered patio.

interior of Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria in Emeryville, California


roasted cauliflower pizza at Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzeria in Emeryville, California

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

101 South: Millbrae, Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant

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Hong Kong Flower Lounge Restaurant  51 Millbrae Ave./El Camino Real, (650) 692-6666.  L-D daily; $$.  Reservations advised.  Free parking lot underneath; valet parking across street, $3.  Perched atop a corner lot, this popular restaurant features a large, yet stylish, dining room with several alcoves and plenty of large windows.
interior of Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California


Favorite menu items include authentic Hong Kong-style fresh seafood dishes, the restaurant’s signature Peking duck, and dim sum--which arrives fresh from the kitchen continuously, via carts and trays.
shrimp-peanut dumplings at  Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California
dried shrimp-peanut dumplings

taro balls at  Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California
deep-fried taro balls

pea sprout-prawn dumplings at  Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California
pea sprout-prawn dumplings

Shanghai dumplings at  Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California
Shanghai dumpling

custard cups at  Hong Kong Flower Lounge restaurant in Millbrae, California
custard cups

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Friday, February 13, 2015

80 North: Berkeley, Gather


update of previous post

Gather  2200 Oxford St./Allston Way; downtown.
Charis Wahl was recently promoted to Executive Chef and has added some new items to the menu as well as her own touches to some existing items.  I began my dinner with an as yet unnamed cocktail made with Tequila, blood orange juice, habenero chiles, and cilantro.  It was shaken, served straight up, and delightful.

Tequila cocktail at Gather in Berkeley, California


A starter course followed of Housemade Pickles and Ferments—a delicious and colorful array of six that included cauliflower with curry and mustard seed (my favorite) and pickle-like cucumbers with garlic and dill—served on a wood plank.

housemade pickles and ferments at Gather in Berkeley, California


Keeping our own shared meal 50/50, we had more veggies in the form of the chef’s Crispy Brussels Sprouts spiced up with fermented jalapeno, pickled radish, and cashew butter.

Brussels sprouts at Gather in Berkeley, California


Our next item was Roasted Half Chicken which couldn’t have been more moist and delectable; it came with scrumptious crispy buttermilk polenta and rounds of squash panzanella, one placed jauntily on the leg.

roasted chicken at Gather in Berkeley, California


Our thin-crust Fontinella pizza with tomato sauce, blistered mozzarella, and pancetta was quite delayed, but it gave us time to prepare space for it.

Fontinella pizza at Gather in Berkeley, California


We weren’t able to eat all of the last two items, so we took them home.  It turns out I was really pleased to have the delicious leftovers the next day, when I made wonderful sandwiches with the breast meat and a luscious dinner with the reheated pizza slices (unfortunately, they were stuffed into too small of a container and so were quite squished but still very good).  But we did wedge in a lovely little Pistachio Cake dessert enhanced with grapefruit curd.  Overall, I was impressed with the general full-flavoredness of the dishes.   

pistachio cake at Gather in Berkeley, California

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