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Saveur 100 likes the mooncakes at.......

Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 02:28 AM

(drumroll)....... #25, Eastern Bakery!

This is according to a correspondent who gets Saveur. I couldn't find the list itself online, but found out that the Stockton Farmers' Market is on the annual "Saveur 100" list for 2007 as well. What else in NorCal is on the list?

Does anybody agree with Saveur's assessment of Eastern Bakery's mooncakes?

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  1. pane RE: Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 03:00 PM

    I believe the Stockton Market was actually #1 on the list. I seem to recall photographs of Asian vegetables and a live chicken. Thomas Keller is also cited.

    My copy is at home--I'll take a look tnight to see if there are any other Bay Area notables.

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    1. re: pane
      Gary Soup RE: pane Jan 17, 2007 03:25 PM

      I've heard that the list isn't really a ranking, just a random list. They also seem to try and come up with new stuff every year, so it should be taken for what it is, an appreciation of some small (and large) pleasures. As one who hate rankings, I can dig it!

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      Nancy Berry RE: Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 04:13 PM

      Bay Area items on the Saveur 100 list:

      #1 -- Stocton Saturday Farmers Market

      #2 -- Thomas Keller

      #25 -- Eastern Bakery's mooncakes

      #27 -- The St. Anthony Dining Room

      #33 -- La Cocina Community Kitchen in SF's Mission District

      #76 -- Not quite Bay Area, but Wayne Thiebaud lives in Sacramento

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      1. re: Nancy Berry
        Gary Soup RE: Nancy Berry Jan 17, 2007 04:25 PM

        Well, Wayne Thiebaud's son has a gallery in North Beach. But what does WT have to do with food?

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          srr RE: Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 04:30 PM

          Have you seen many of his paintings? Lots of them are of food

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            Gary Soup RE: srr Jan 17, 2007 06:22 PM

            Now that you mention it, I think he had a "sweets" period early in his career. Maybe that's why Paul's gallery is on the same block as XOX truffles.....

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              Claudette RE: srr Jan 17, 2007 06:43 PM

              I love his cake paintings!

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          OnceUponABite RE: Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 07:09 PM

          I don't agree. Dick Lee's mooncakes are the best. I've done a tasting with four or five different Chinese bakery in Chinatown. And I have no connection with the bakery whatsoever :)

          Their white lotus paste filling is just so much better than the other places.

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            ChowFun_derek RE: OnceUponABite Jan 18, 2007 03:22 PM

            Thanks for 'chiming' in with your favorite!
            Can you share with us the other places you found not up to par?


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              atanger RE: ChowFun_derek Jan 18, 2007 04:48 PM

              I would give Mee Mee Bakery on Stockton between Broadway and Vallejo as my choice for mooncakes. There skin is very thin and they have a lot of different choices for fillings!

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                OnceUponABite RE: ChowFun_derek Jan 18, 2007 05:45 PM

                I can't remember now...I did my taste test years ago. I remember Yimster and I had a friendly disagreement every year!

                I think it was Great Easter, Napolean, Mee Mee, A something, Golden Gate Bakery.

                The strengths of Dick Lee's is their filling. Their skin is not so good. But given there are more filling than skin, I'd much have good filling!

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                  ChowFun_derek RE: OnceUponABite Jan 18, 2007 09:47 PM


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                    Melanie Wong RE: OnceUponABite Jan 18, 2007 10:20 PM

                    Here's your original posting -

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