Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Eve - Soup Kitchen

Pappo once again for the third year will serve soup and bread to needy families on Christmas Eve day. The kitchen will serve food from 11 am to 2 pm. The restaurant is also seeking donations of jackets, blankets and clothes.

Later that evening, John the chef and owner will serve a prix fixe meal of $45 for a three-course meal.

Friday, December 17, 2010

What a Coincidence...

I wanted to try out The Frog and the Fiddle on a Friday night. I was curious to observe the crowd, atmosphere and re-worked space from Acquacotta. As I walked inside the restaurant, I noticed the BBQ guy, Ben, behind the kitchen counter. Ben was the food guy at the Rooster and then he moved into his own space by the ferry terminal on the West End, which is still in business. However, he is now moonlighting at The Frog and the Fiddle on certain nights.

The establishment is basically a pub. There is nothing fancy about it. You order food at the kitchen counter because there was no wait staff. There was a bar on the right side of the room and it was completely packed. Tables were located on the left side of the room where two tables were occupied. Noise was a definite problem throughout the space since there weren't any soft features in the room to absorb sound.

Because I know Ben's food and I am a huge fan of his pulled pork sandwich, I tried his BBQ Beef sandwich. The meat was thinly sliced and it was like butter. The meat was tender, juicy and flavorful. I only wished there was more beef inside the sandwich. This sandwich is better than Everett and Jones BBQ.

I have always recommended Ben's BBQ. He takes his time in ensuring a quality product.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stocking Stuffers

Alameda residents received a coupon package from various local restaurants, businesses and service organizations. There were a small group of food coupons that would make great stocking stuffers, or utilize them for yourself during the holidays.

Angela's Bistro and Bar: 3 Course Meal for $14.00 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm every evening. Coupon expires 3/31/2011.

Cera Una Volta: 20% off lunch or brunch, or $25 towards a weeknight dinner with a minimum purchase of $50.00.

La Penca Azul: $5.00 off any purchase over $30.00.

Pappo: $5.00 off next visit. Not valid on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day. Coupon expires 3/31/2011. One coupon per table.

Speisekammer: one free small beer with any entree. Limit one beer per coupon. Coupon expires 2/1/2011.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Hangouts

With the the holiday season here and everyone is shopping till they drop, there are only a handful of hangouts in Alameda that are comfortable for families to relax and spend time with each other. Burgermeister and Tomatina's are decent places, but they offer basic, no fuss food. Asena, Angela's, Pappo, Gold Coast Grill and Cera Una Volta all serve higher quality food in a comfortable atmosphere.

For larger sized groups, Ortaez, Kamakura and La Penca Azul are decent restaurants to dine at.

Whether it's Italian, Japanese or American food, enjoying the holiday season makes it more pleasurable when you have a favorite place to go to.