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Where do I find cake flour in (western) San Francisco?

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jsdav Dec 19, 2011 08:51 PM

I checked both Safeways near me, Ocean Beach and Cabrillo locations, and neither one had cake flour. Saw the shelf tags, but both shelves were empty. I also checked Smart and Final, but did not see any cake flour there.

I've only been able to find AP and bread flours.

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    Spenbald RE: jsdav Dec 19, 2011 11:21 PM

    Andronico's must have it, but is that too far east for you?

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      jsdav RE: Spenbald Dec 20, 2011 08:41 PM

      I did not think to check Andronico's! It's right on the other side of the Park and actually very close to work. I will check there next.

      I really only said western SF because I didn't want to go all over the city looking for a pack of flour since I live in Richmond near Washington High School and work near UCSF.

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        Jim RE: jsdav Dec 20, 2011 09:30 PM

        Andronicos should have it, but just in case there's always Whole Foods on Stanyan near UCSF. They may have it in bulk and or box.

    2. Melanie Wong RE: jsdav Dec 20, 2011 09:43 PM

      Did you inquire at Safeway as to when it would be restocked? Stock often reappears on the shelves overnight.

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        Atomica RE: Melanie Wong Dec 24, 2011 05:44 AM

        Many Safeway stores simply do not stock it. The horrible one (Mission & 30th) near my house never has in the past 7 years I've lived here. In fact, last time I inquired about "cake flour for baking cakes," they told me to go to the floral department.

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        jsdav RE: jsdav Dec 20, 2011 11:20 PM

        There is one more store I keep forgetting, Fresh and Easy on Clement...I'll have to check there too.

        I'm thinking cake flour isn't that popular an item since Safeway only carries one variety from Pillsbury and it was up way up on the top shelf where as the AP and bread flours were in the middle and they have many more varieties and sizes. Pillsbury and King Aurthur only produce 2 or 3 pound packs too.

        I did not ask when Safeway would restock the flour. I kinda figured it might be like the half-and-half and heavy cream situation in the days preceding Thanksgiving. I was unable to find either at both Safeways I mentioned on two separate days including one visit at about 8am. I later found some at Fresh and Easy.

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          SteveG RE: jsdav Dec 24, 2011 10:41 AM

          If you're willing to sit on hold, Andronico's would probably check stock for you over the phone. I noticed recently that Safeway is almost all prepared food in packets, with only a few sparse aisles of ingredients for cooking from scratch.

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          artwong1 RE: jsdav Dec 24, 2011 12:10 AM

          Andronico's has both Softasilk and King Arthur cake flour.

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            vulber RE: jsdav Dec 24, 2011 10:56 AM

            i guarantee that rainbow grocery has it, not to mention free parking

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              jsdav RE: jsdav Dec 24, 2011 02:18 PM

              Thank you much everyone. I bought a box of King Arthur at Andronico's yesterday.

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                Windy RE: jsdav Dec 26, 2011 10:15 AM

                Other Avenues coop on Judah in the 40s would have been another good source.

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                  Cynsa RE: Windy Dec 26, 2011 05:18 PM

                  http://www.otheravenues.coop/

                  3930 Judah Street
                  San Francisco, CA 94122
                  (415) 661-7475
                  Open 9am-9pm

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                    Windy RE: Cynsa Dec 26, 2011 05:37 PM

                    Thanks--auto-linking still broken on some browsers.

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                    Other Avenues Food Store
                    3930 Judah St, San Francisco, CA

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                      Melanie Wong RE: Windy Dec 26, 2011 05:48 PM

                      I don't think auto-linking is broken. Seems like it's been turned off intentionally since Engineering does not respond to queries about it and Chow management has said Restaurants & Bars feature is a low priority for further development. So you need to open the "manage your links" below the dialogue box where you type your post, check to see that the links are there, and then they'll appear in your post after you hit "post my reply".

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                        Windy RE: Melanie Wong Dec 26, 2011 05:51 PM

                        It is broken, just not consistently. They're listed but half the time don't carry through after clicking Post. (Above, didn't get saved in my first post, was listed the second time. Same computer, same browser window.)

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                          Melanie Wong RE: Windy Dec 26, 2011 05:57 PM

                          Ahah, then that's a bit different issue than reported on Site Talk.
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820468

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