Friday, January 13, 2012

Greater East Bay: Orinda, Siam Orchid

Siam Orchid 23-F Orinda Way, (925) 253-1975. L M-F, D daily; $$. Reservations taken. Loctated in tree-lined strip mall, this quiet spot has a full bar. Lunch specials include a flavorful soup with fresh spinach and garlic, a spring roll, and a tasty salad. Pad Thai, eggplant with chicken, and stir-fry dishes in general are particularly good. Several delicious hot sauces spice thing up.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

80 North: Albany, Aangan Indo-Nepalese Cuisine

Aangan Indo-Nepalese Cuisine 856 San Pablo Ave./Solano Ave., in Albany, (510) 524-2220. With a cozy combination of brick and colorfully painted walls, original paintings featuring scenes of Kathmandu, and cheerful repeat-print patterned tablecloths made from Nepalese fabric, this cheery one-room venue is welcoming and friendly. It appears to be a recycled lounge, with some tables set on the raised former stage. On the two times I dined here, it seemed like many people at different tables knew one another. Nepal’s Himalayan cuisine is influenced by both India and China. You can choose the degree of spiciness, and spicy here means just that. Delicious full-flavored choices on the menu include vegetarian steamed momos (similar to potstickers) filled with a finely-chopped veggie mixture and served with a tasty dipping sauce that includes powdered berries from Nepal, aloo tikki chat (potato pancakes with garbanzo beans and both tamarind and mint chutneys), keema roti (a crispy bread stuffed with spiced lamb), tasty yellow fish curry, and satisfying spicy okra with potatoes. Goat stew and a vegetarian platter are also options. A thick mango lassi can serve as both drink and dessert, but kheer (rice pudding) and kulfi (Indian pistachio ice cream) are also available.


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Friday, January 6, 2012

1 North: Muir Beach, The Pelican Inn

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Just had a pleasant lunch of bangers and mash at the Pelican Inn. Fish & chips are also good, and local oysters are available on weekends. An additional charge is made for bread, which comes from the nearby Zen Center and is available Thursday through Sun only.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

101 South: San Mateo, Champagne Seafood Restaurant

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Champagne Seafood Restaurant  88 E. 4th Ave./San Mateo Dr., downtown, (650) 343-6988.  Dim sum M-F 11-2:30, Sat-Sun 10-3, D daily; $.  Reservations advised.  In a very large, high-ceilinged room with a frenetic atmosphere, delicious dim sum is served via menu and a few circulating trays.  Cheery yellow walls, white tablecloths, and a small wall of fish tanks add to the bright ambiance.  Favorite menu items include shrimp-and-chive dumplings, deep-fried taro balls, and thin-noodle soy sauce chow mein.  Efficient service keeps the teapot filled and dishes cleared.

88 E. 4th Ave./San Mateo Dr., downtown, (650) 343-6988.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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There's always something new at the SFMOMA.

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