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Gourmet & more - Great new speciality store - Hayes Valley SF.

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sparky403 Nov 13, 2011 12:37 PM

I just stopped by this 1 week old spot in San Francisco - it's foodie Paradise!

Not the mecca of food porn like the ferry building but pretty close for a small space (the parking is better too). The selection of cheese, sauage, bread, Foie Gras, procuitto, duck, mustard olive oil etc... was very impressive. The costs seemed very reasonable as well.

I could not find a website for them as they're so new, but the address is 141 Gough st.(btwn Page & Oak) in hayes valley - just a few doors up from Chow. A very easy walk from easy block and half walk from The Fatted Calf in Hayes Valley.

Stop by support them (very nice folks as well).

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Fatted Calf
320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    boxcar_sf RE: sparky403 Nov 15, 2011 01:24 PM

    I find it hilarious that this place has a sign out front for macarons. Like Hayes Valley needs more macaron shops! (Miette, Boulange, Chantal Guillon).

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      sparky403 RE: boxcar_sf Nov 17, 2011 06:26 AM

      go inside and check it out - you'll be impressed

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        ladybugthepug RE: boxcar_sf Nov 18, 2011 08:40 PM

        I can tell you right now that L'Artisan macarons put Miette and Boulange to shame, and are even better than Chantal Guillon. These are easily the best macarons in SF, and one of the most original in the country. You might be laughing, but I'm sure the others didn't find it very amusing when they landed blocks away.

        Here are some pics from a couple of weeks ago. They were open but still putting signage up. Richard in the cheese room was very knowledgeable. I thinks it's going to be pretty cool when it's finished.

         
         
         
         
         
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        rln RE: sparky403 Nov 17, 2011 08:13 PM

        thanks for the info! checked it out today and I liked the spaece too.

        i bought some frozen croissant dough-- we will see. the idea of having fresh croissants at home sounds decadent.

        I am definitely going to check out the cheese room one day. there were two people in there today so it looked crowded. would love to hear anyone's experience with the selection.

        funny about the macaroon comments. they have a small case there of macaroons.

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          tomotsu RE: sparky403 Nov 18, 2011 09:20 PM

          I randomly stopped in here after walking by a few days ago and was very impressed. The owners are also importers / distributors of french goods to restaurants in the area so the selection and prices are great. Because of this, they can carry a much more expansive inventory of cheese than you would expect in a small shop.

          The cheese room was a bit cold to conduct tasting inside, but the staff was friendly and happy to cut-to-order any size cuts. They bring in a lot of Xavier David cheeses and French goat cheeses I haven't seen elsewhere. All 3 of the cheeses I bought (XD roquefort, comte, and a fresh goat pyramid) were perfectly ripe and clearly well-stored and taken care of. Since they are a French importer, a majority of the selection is French (with some Spanish and Italian).

          They also cut and sell fresh baked bread by the lb from a nearby bakery.

          As you can tell I'm very excited about this new shop a few blocks from home -- I'll be back often.

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            Melanie Wong RE: tomotsu Nov 29, 2011 09:38 AM

            Just going by the name, is the importer/distribution company Gourmet & More in San Leandro? It operates Le Village, which used to be open for warehouse sales a few times a year to retail customers.

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            Gourmet & More
            141 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA

            Gourmet & More
            2976 Alvarado St, San Leandro, CA 94577

          2. possumspice RE: sparky403 Nov 19, 2011 03:44 PM

            My husband is a huge cheese snob (he's French). We stopped by today and he was like a kid in a candy store. We got a funky brie fermier that rivals raw milk versions I've had in Paris, we also got Salers, an aged Cantal that Cheese Board only has every so often. He picked up some other odds and ends, a tomme and a little aged goat cheese. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. Definitely a must-go for any fans of French cheese.

            1. pane RE: sparky403 Nov 20, 2011 11:09 AM

              I guess I was in an ornery mood, because I was prepared to be disappointed, but nope: this place is awesome. Super charming owners who were working the bread slicer and check-out counter along with their awesome daughter, who bears a startling resemblance to Mathilda in Le Professional, and told me that the apricot jam is excellent (she was right).

              Cheese cave: excellent, lots of stuff from regions that don't make the map in America. I was sampling around the Comte region, trying to find something that resembled a cheese I tried a while ago, and the cheesemonger recommended a Jura that was perfect. Bay Bread is making their bread per the owner's instruction, with sel de Bretagne--they had epi, white and walnut.

              Excellent jam that they're parceling and selling in plastic containers; same with creme fraiche. Lots of packaged goods, oils, Badoit (I'm hoping they start to carry Badoit Rouge), yogurts (though St Benoit, which I don't like as much as yogurts from France), and yes, macarons.

              I picked up three types of cheese, creme fraiche, apricot-hibiscus jam, creme fraiche, and bread for about $20.

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                Cynsa RE: pane Dec 4, 2011 10:26 AM

                yes, pane - the apricot jam with hibiscus is one of the delights in the cheese cave! coffee will be served soon and the hours may change from the 11 am to 8 pm to 10 am to 7 pm if enough of us request the early opening.

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                tencentchef RE: sparky403 Nov 29, 2011 09:01 AM

                3 cheesemongers walk into Gourmet & More and walk straight back to the rumoured cheese room. No, this is not the beginning of some silly joke. Boy, were we excited when we got back there. Seemingly, the best European selection in town right now. NO JOKE!! Unable to contain our composure, we were literally jumping up and down in this little glass-doored room with 3 walls of cheese. Since the owner is also the importer, his prices are very...affordable. This being said, we also know what the prices run in most of the cheese stores on both sides of the bay. The cheeses were not marked with prices, but we were too excited at selection for it to matter. Regardless, we spent a fraction of what we were expecting to spend. Bonus on Bread! You only need buy what you need, as they will sell you a half a baguette or thick slice of Pain au Levain and charge you a by the pound price.
                There are also all kinds of gourmand goodies to be had: whole Foie Gras, Marin Sun Farms meats (as if there were not enough amazing meat choices in Hayes Valley with both Avedano's and Fatted Calf to choose from) & some interesting frozen fare. Enough there to put together a delicious Eurocentric meal.
                Present, as well, is a small back yard. Not sure what they plan on doing with it. Hopefully it will be a place to sit and snack on my delightful, newly bought treasures.

                If nothing else, go for the cheese. That room is a beautiful sight.

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                  sparky403 RE: tencentchef Dec 3, 2011 01:38 PM

                  Not to mention incrediable aroma... rockin place

                2. pane RE: sparky403 Nov 14, 2012 08:22 AM

                  Visited twice in the last few weeks and was happy to see how they're developing. The bread-cutting counter in the back is now where they're preparing coffee and sandwiches. The back patio is open for your in-store cheese eating needs, and they have applied for an ABC license which they expect to have approved in the next couple of weeks.

                  Cheese cave remains spectacular. The aged gruyere I bought here, which remains the best cheese I've eaten in years, was out, so we bought a Napoleon brebis that was right up my alley.

                  We also bought a brand of French yogurt I've never seen before, and got the rhubarb rose flavor. Same full-bodied creaminess to the body that distinguishes French yogurt from starchy American yogurts, plus tender ribbons of rhubarb blended throughout.

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                    mashemup RE: sparky403 Nov 14, 2012 04:54 PM

                    I didn't realize foie gras could be sold in CA. Is the ban only on restaurants?

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: mashemup Nov 14, 2012 05:01 PM

                      The original post was written long before the ban took effect.

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                        mashemup RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 14, 2012 05:10 PM

                        Duh. thanks

                    2. Melanie Wong RE: sparky403 Nov 17, 2012 11:17 AM

                      Still haven't been myself yet. However, wanted to mention that my house guest was able to fulfill my request for the very fine Coulet Roquefort here (also available at Rainbow) and also brought some wonderful French butter.
                      http://www.gabriel-coulet.fr/gabriel-...

                      1. Melanie Wong RE: sparky403 Jun 10, 2013 03:06 PM

                        I'm not finding this mentioned anywhere on the web, not even the store's FB page. But sounds so amazing, it's free, and I wish I could be there, so here's what's in the email:

                        "On Monday, June 17, we're inviting some of the city's best chefs
                        to create original dishes featuring Cinco Jotas' unparalleled Jamon de bellota. This Spanish cured ham is made from pigs fed on a diet of acorns and herbs during the final feeding season, resulting in an
                        unrivaled texture, aroma and taste.
                        Samples of each dish will be served starting at 5PM.
                        This event is FREE, but space is limited! Please RSVP
                        via the link below to secure your spot.
                        mail to: kellygomo@gmail.com

                        Featuring Chefs from:

                        Rich Table
                        Coqueta
                        Atelier Crenn
                        ThirstyBear Brewing Company
                        Alexander's Steakhouse
                        Twenty Five Lusk
                        La Folie
                        Cafe de la Presse

                        Monday
                        June 17, 2013
                        From 5 to 9 PM

                        Gourmet & More
                        141 Gough Street
                        San Francisco, CA 94102
                        (415) 874-9133"

                        And the photo:
                        http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs187/1...

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                          tjinsf RE: Melanie Wong Jun 10, 2013 04:04 PM

                          Thanks for posting this event. I love the cheese room. If you are a fan of French cheese or just homesick for it they have one of the best selections in San Francisco.

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                            fledflew RE: Melanie Wong Jun 10, 2013 04:31 PM

                            Yeah, I got that email today and just stared at the Jamon picture for several minutes. I am in Phoenix busy melting for a couple weeks, otherwise I'd be there.

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                              Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Jun 17, 2013 09:42 PM

                              Did anybody go?

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                                W42 RE: Melanie Wong Jun 17, 2013 10:34 PM

                                I went. They were out of one restaurant's dish by the time I got there (6:15ish). But the raw Jamon de bellota was pretty damn good—though not the best I've had in the US or Spain.

                                I didn't think all the dishes made the best use of the jamon, but the clear winner was #5, which was a modernist/molecular presentation on spoon: the jamon turned into powder served I think with squid, a garlic chip, dehydrated parsley all surrounded by an intense consommé (results of the vote will be announced tomorrow).

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                                  Melanie Wong RE: W42 Jun 17, 2013 11:50 PM

                                  Oh, I hate to think of that luscious ham being turned into powder. But if you say it was worthy, I'll believe you. Please do keep us posted on the results, would love to know who the winning chef is.

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                                    W42 RE: Melanie Wong Jun 19, 2013 08:28 PM

                                    Atelier Crenn won the Cinco Jotas competition. They were the ones who created my favorite bite described above. Official described as: lardo, squid, Iberico powder and Iberico broth with truffles

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                                      Melanie Wong RE: W42 Jun 19, 2013 09:02 PM

                                      Cool, you called the winner. Thanks for the follow-up.

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                                    possumspice RE: W42 Jun 20, 2013 06:59 AM

                                    What is the best jamon de bellota you've had in the U.S.? We're on a bit of a hunt. Bi Rite's is the best so far, Coqueta just so-so, have not tried Nosa Ria's yet. Nothing has been close to what we've had in Europe.

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                                      W42 RE: possumspice Jun 20, 2013 02:54 PM

                                      In the U.S., I would have to say the jamon iberico at The Office (the small lounge under the Aviary) in Chicago. I haven't found anything in the Bay Area that compares, but Gourmet & More was selling the Cinco Jotas in .5, 1.5 and 3 oz portions in their refrigerator.

                                      But yeah, I still dream of the jamon at Asador Etxebarri.

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                                        possumspice RE: W42 Jun 20, 2013 04:19 PM

                                        Oooh, my husband and I have been dreaming about going to Etxebarri. Also whatever that shop was that they visited in Decoding Ferran Adria.

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                                    tjinsf RE: Melanie Wong Jun 21, 2013 12:30 AM

                                    It was a small but nice event. I liked the Rich Table's dish which was potatoes with buckwheat I think, the Jamon de bellota did seem like an aftethough. Two of the bites were fruit and jamon and the sweetness overwhelmed. Honestly the Jamon de bellota I liked best was the servings they gave when you first came in. I liked Creen's modernist take but still prefer it in it's "natural" state.

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                                      Melanie Wong RE: tjinsf Jun 21, 2013 04:34 PM

                                      Again, I'm so sorry I missed this tasting. I heard from another friend who said her favorite was the apricot and jamon pairing. Sounds like that's the one you thought were too sweet.

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