Monday, February 13, 2006

top three most hated

No comments but it's dreary monday so I'll press on.

I totally and completely scored at Ollipom this weekend. Sometimes that place really pays off for me. I got two dresses, a skirt and a shirt for 37 bucks which I know does not compare to thrift store prices but I often strike out at thrift stores and scoring at Ollipom completely eliminated my urge to mall shop which probably ended up saving me upwards of a hundred bucks. So I can't afford NOT to shop there. Now that Le Fun is closed it's the only game in town. The Le Fun girl is going to be working there on tuesdays and thursdays and Mike Rafter has moved his skateshop to the spot where Le Fun was.

I was treated to a Chinese banquet at Fortune House (the place across from Target) this weekend, which was quite enjoyable and educational. We started with a jellyfish salad. No offense to those who like jellyfish, but my list of most repulsive foods has now been rearranged. Here it is.
1)jellyfish
2)tripe
3)sea urchin

Of those three, I would try both tripe and sea urchin again, but I don't think I'll ever eat jellyfish again. One of the diners joked "my kids call it rubber bands" and that's exactly what it was like. It was NOT like calimari, it had a very different consistency and it took a turkey burger at Bernardo hours later to finally eliminate the ghostly feeling of it from my mouth. I still felt like I was reliving eating it in this horrible way. The other dishes of the banquet were too numerous to mention, but the standouts were a whole roast chicken, head included with delicious brown skin and a little dish of special salt on the side and a tofu dish with delicious, garlicky greens.

I really want to try Zokku, mostly because I regret that I never ate at Hong King Lum. And because there's a fake boulder. For once, Mike Dunne's review contains actual criticism and suggestions and is helpful. That sucks that they have untrained servers. So many new restaurants suffer from that and while it doesn't come close to ruining the meal, it can be a nuisance. People keep telling me how much they have enjoyed eating at Taka so I want to eat their again soon. I always forget about it and just go to my default choice of Nishiki, but Taka is cheaper than Kru or Nishiki so I should remember it.

Scott and Roger's thing at the Press last night was fun. I got to see a girl in a cowboy hat and flip-flops play air guitar to "green onions". They were playing really good songs, and I got a miller high life tall can with a glass of ice (the smiller special) which was as refreshing as a glass of melted alcoholic snow (hah I just wrote snot accidentally). DON'T GET THE DRAFT BEER AT THE PRESS!! It is disgusting. The bottles are overpriced. The tall cans and the cheap whole bottles of sparkling wine (as discovered by Lisa D.) are the only good deal. Their night is being switched to every other sunday so I guess next sunday (the 19th) is out? Is this right?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

We're doing this next Sunday & then we're switching to every other Sunday. We figured the 3-day weekend would ensure 1-3 more people there so we jumped on it! The girl in the cowboy hat & flip-flops will be there. Will you?

MC High Life

beckler said...

I'll be there playing air guitar as if my life depended on it!

Dani said...

I think New Edokko is one of the most under-rated sushi spot in town. It's not the absolute best, but it's really good and they have a huge list (though not as daunting at Mikuni's). Taka's really is great too. Just don't get the Madonna Roll, unless you're a big fan of hot, mayonnaise-slathered sushi. Yum!

New Edokko also has truly great ramen and udon. Their Challenge Ramen beat the shit out of the last cold I had. I read somewhere that they've been ranked as one of the best ramen places in the country, but now I can't remember where I read it. One of those foodie mags my mom has lying around her house.

beckler said...

I had no idea new edokko was any good. I think it's maybe changed ownerships a few times in the last few years, right? I really want to try it now. What are your favorite dishes there?

UdonJohnson said...

Here here re: New Edokko ... most udon/ramen I've had in town is an MSG nightmare, but New Edokko is the proverbial shizznit. I love the "challenge Ramen" - especially during cold and flu season - and just about any udon. Love those fat noodles. I was at Edokko over the weekend but went for the "Spicy Killer Roll" (good but not spicy enough for the hyperbole) and a beef w/ ponzu appetizer. I liked it fine, but ramen/udon is really what this place is about.

If you've got $$$ to burn, go to Kozen on Fair Oaks. for some serious high-end Japanese. The hamachi I had was unfuckingbelieveable.

beckler said...

I'm sure I would have already tried Kozen if not for the location, but I want to try and get out there. I might eat at New Edokko tonight. Exciting!

UdonJohnson said...

p.s. anyone remember when the original Edokko was way down on Broadway, in a shack looking thing near Channel 10?

alice said...

new edokko has really good ramen. i had the ramen for the first time about a month ago but i've been enjoying their sushi for a while. i'm also partial to the edokko because i think i might be in their commercial. i went there for lunch a few years back and a student who had been taking classes at the university i was working for was there with a camera dude who was producing a commercial for them. he got a shot of the two of us having a conversation at the sushi bar. never seen the commercial but i think that's about as close to fame as i'll ever get.

Anonymous said...

I got to tag along to the SNR review of Edokko when it was further up Broadway. I think the fact that it's moved and also changed owners a few times is what keeps me confused as to whether it's good or not. But now I want to go back soon.

miller

Anonymous said...

There's also an Edokko on Florin Rd. & Riverside Blvd. Their shoyu ramen with cha siu (which is actually Chinese) and bamboo shoot is highly recommended. Pretty cheeeep, and large portions too...

Went to the Chinese grocery store on Broadway and 13th this afternoon to try their roast duck over rice lunch box. For a mere $4.00 you get a large serving of rice, a generous portion of roast duck and bok choy. AND a free can of soda pop to boot. You can also choose from roast pork, soyu chicken and probably cha siu for the same price. The duck was great--I don't know what it is about this town but good Chinese roast duck and chile relleno are very elusive...

President,
Sacramento Appreciation Society of San Francisco

Dani said...

The "sweet" tofu udon at new Edokko is superb and so simple. For sushi, Mark and I usually get the Vanilla Sky roll. Stupid name - really yummy roll. But really, the Challenge Ramen is the best thing I've had there. Just don't order it too spicy, unless you're a champ.

Lisa D! said...

I don't recommend getting more than 1 bottle of their sparkling brut unless you want to lay in bed the next day. However, 10 bucks is a hell of a deal.

On the Edokko note, I kind of grew up with Edokko in Greenhaven and remember them saying that they were not affiliated with the Edokko on Broadway or New Edokko or the old Edokko. Nonetheless, they will give you a big bowl of tskemono if you ask nicely! Curry ramen and onigiri are brilliant hangover remedies.

katymonster said...

what's with bars not cleaning their lines!?

this is why the Press draught is so nastee. i guess their regulars don't care?!?

oooohhhh New Eddoko. i love it so much. but the Vanilla Sky roll (props Dani) made me so sick last night. damn it.

i'm totally going back though.

Amelie said...

Edokko in Greenhaven is YUM! Ramen and udon and #70 with beef...mmmm.