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Everything posted by edenman

  1. A little bird told me Californios is taking over the gorgeous Bar Agricole space. Thankfully it's got a big front patio, but still seems like a really optimistic move for them. That place is huge.
  2. The wife and I happened to be in New Zealand on vacation in March when everything went to shit, and we decided to try and stay. Did our level 4 lockdown in Christchurch (Gatherings for wine and fish, C4 for coffee, Vino Fino and Decant for retail wine, Inati for fine dining once that was allowed again). I concur with @ol_ironstomachthat Sal's is a very passable NY-style slice, a comfort food I didn't know I had until I unwittingly moved halfway around the world. Anyway, we moved up to Auckland in July, rented a house and are waiting on visa approvals. Auckland highlights so far: Coffe
  3. Prubechu is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire city. They have an a la carte menu, but we mostly stick to the $65 tasting menu. If you go with 4+ people, the tasting menu is required. Guamanian food (from Guam) food is a delicious mash-up of native Chamorro food, combined with influences from Japan, Spain, and the US, who have all claimed the island at some point. The beer bottle/can list is really good, and the guys who work there are total beer geeks, so they'll occasionally have some off-menu stuff or an interesting keg on tap. It's right by 24th/Missio
  4. The green tea flavor (new as of this year) is dangerously good.
  5. Went to Californios this week for the fourth or fifth time, and it once again blew me away. The food is right up there with the best tasting menus in Mexico City, imo, maybe ranking just-under Pujol in my book. It would not surprise me at all to see this get a second star in the next couple years. Tickets are shockingly easy to come by for cooking of this caliber. Food+tax+service comes to $204/person (at least for the tickets I bought this time) but the wine list is really fun so you'll probably end up spending more. Thankfully, the ticketing system ensures that past-you pays for the
  6. Went a few weeks ago. The cocktails were lovely, and I really love that they're grouped by flavor profile. The food was all tasty but mostly forgettable. The decor is....weird.
  7. Rintaro is excellent. My favorite yakitori in SF. Go early so you can maximize your chances of the best skewers (thigh oyster, liver, hearts, tail, duck) still being available. If you are by yourself or with just one other person, I love sitting at the counter so you can watch Koko (sp?) or one of the other yakitori chefs work their magic. Literally the only thing I don't love about Rintaro is that their beer selection is not good, and they don't have a full liquor license. Oh, and that the dashimaki tamago is only sometimes on the menu. If you see it, get it.
  8. I live two blocks from La Taqueria. A few things I've learned over the years: It's important to have a firm time limit in mind when going to LT. If you show up and the line is out the door, just walk a couple blocks over to Taqueria Guadalajara. It's not the same thing at all, but the carnitas is some of the best in the city. They are cash only. There's an ATM in the back. The cabeza and lengua are definitely the best meats at LT. The rest are fine, but the cabeza in particular is outstanding. Regardless of your preference for tacos (correct) or burritos (less corr
  9. Dumpling Kitchen is very meh. Kingdom of Dumpling has my favorite XLB in town. Shanghai House does good ones too, and the chicken wings are insanely good. If you're down in Mountain View, go to Bamboo Garden. Best XLB in the bay area imo.
  10. After trying a few other places and striking out, just found some at the Balducci's in Bethesda. $29.99/lb. My new favorite treatment: toss in oil, salt, then grill over very hot coals. Heaven.
  11. Lately I've been brewing mostly sour beers...when real breweries make them, they have to increase their prices to account for all the aging time (most sours require at least 6-12mo to mature). At the homebrew scale, it's easier to just fill a carboy and forget about it and then have delicious sour beer, plus it's easier to experiment with fruit that might be cost-prohibitive at a real brewery's scale. On top of that, Cellarmaker Brewing opened last year and they're producing the best hoppy beers I've ever tasted, in a location that's easy for me to get to/from on transit. This basically mea
  12. In happier news, Prubechu has been exceptional on all three of our recent visits. Guamanian cuisine is not one I was familiar with: it's a crazy mashup of various external influences (Spanish, Japanese) with some tropical pacific as the base (think coconut milk, banana leaves, lots of excellent fish, pork). Crazy good, and the tasting menu has recently gone from $45 to $50. Great bottled beer list as well.
  13. Local's Corner has closed. Tim has been cooking at 398 (which just opened and is pretty tasty classic French) before he moves to Seattle. Super bummed.
  14. Dungeness season is a big deal out here in SF. I've become a big believer in steaming them in two stages (first, whole, then removing the legs and finishing the bodies separately). Details here.
  15. The missus and I spent a week in New Orleans last month. Ended up not getting a rental car so our radius from the quarter was pretty small. Definitely getting a car and staying in the Marigny next time around. Regardless, our favorites are listed here, mostly inspired by @jparrott. The TL;DR? Go to Cane and Table. Go to Peche. And yeah, cabs are easy to come by when you're in/near the quarter, and damn unreliable anywhere else. You have to call them and just hope they show up...we had decent luck with asking places to call one for us, but we also didn't venture too far out so as to no
  16. Additional reading: http://www.classetouriste.be/faviken-magasinet-restaurant/ http://fergusmiller.com/2013/07/15/faviken-magasinet-2/ http://foodstudio.no/column/a-walk-on-the-wild-side-at-faviken/ http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/06/faviken-restaurant-sweden/
  17. Fäviken is a 7 hour drive north from Stockholm. We split the drive in half and spent the night in Mora, which is a cute little lake-side town with not a whole lot going on. Spending the night somewhere halfway interesting means increasing it to at least 9 hours of driving. If you decide to drive up from Stockholm, I highly recommend doing a one-way car rental and flying back from í–stersund. If you fly both ways, you'll either need to arrange a taxi or rent a car. Fäviken is unlike any restaurant I've ever visited. It's absolutely the most remote location of a should-be-Michelin-starred
  18. Food: Smörgí¥stí¥rteriet: Great fancy Swedish cuisine in a rustic/casual atmosphere. We had a late reservation and (I think because we were the last table) they refused to do the full tasting menu. Why even offer the late reservation? Ugh. That said, a great meal. And they definitely win the coveted "most diacritical marks in a restaurant name" award. Kryp In: Twists on classic Swedish fare, very well-prepared. In the touristy part of town: be prepared to hear English spoken at all of the tables around you. Tranan Odenplan: This is the Swedish equivalent of a French bistro. Come here
  19. Coffee: Coffee Collective was the best espresso I had in town. Nothing else really stood out. Food: Manfeds & Vin: Great little wine bar and restaurant. We had a fantastic lunch. Close to Coffee Collective and the Mikkeller bar. Kí¸dbyens Fiskebar: We didn't try any entrees but the apps were fantastic. Razor clams, oysters, shrimp, all lovely. Noma: At this point, it needs no introduction. Ridiculously difficult to get a reservation (we scheduled our entire trip only after I managed to get a 2-top for lunch). Unfortunately, it ended up being a little disappointing. Maybe our e
  20. My ladyfriend had a conference in London so I tagged along and ate/drank while sort-of-working. First off, here's where I drank espresso: https://foursquare.com/beerandpork/list/espresso-in-london Beer: Craft Beer Co: I only went to one of the locations but it was easily the best beer bar I went to on the trip. 14 beers on cask, another 20 on tap. The Rake: Jake was not messing about when he recommended Borough Market. This is a fantastic beer bar in the middle of it. The Harp: CAMRA's pub of the year, 2011. Great beer list, but it can get super-crowded so go during off-hours. Bree
  21. I had a really disappointing meal at Benu in '12. Possibly the worst ratio of cost/quality of any meal I've ever eaten. State Bird always impresses me, but you'll either have to get lucky with a reservation or wait in line (gross). I haven't been to Saison in several years and it was at their old location, but I didn't love that meal. Definitely preferred Coi. But sample size is 1 for both.
  22. Resurrecting an old thread: anybody have recent recommendations for a knife skills class in DC, preferably something near Metro?
  23. Local's Corner is quickly becoming one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Great local seafood, both cooked and raw. A solid CA-centric wine list and a few good beers on tap. Tonight I had a couple of small bites: smoked sturgeon, trout roe. Followed up with a raw brussels sprouts salad with almond breadcrumbs and Capricious cheese. Finished with a stellar smoked trout terrine that I plan on trying to duplicate at home, having just smoked some trout a few days ago. It's small, just a handful of tables and five barstools, which makes it perfect for a solo dinner at the bar since the
  24. La Ciccia is nice: I've only been once, but if you're into Sardinian, that's the place to go. Just ate at Rich Table this week. Delicious but spendy and difficult to get a table. Good bread, great pasta, delightful cocktails. Porcini doughnuts FTW.
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