L.E. Leone

Distant craving

L.E. Leone's new favorite restaurant is vegan? All aboard Nature's Express

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CHEAP EATS After two days of eating nothing but barbecue, fried chickens, and cupcakes, we started actually craving health food. I speak for the whole de la Cooter household, of which I am a small but important satellite. When I'm there, the kids come and jump on my bed in the morning, and mom and dad get to sleep a little longer.

That's my importance.

Oh, and I am the one who cleans the cellar — mostly so I can put things in it. But still.Read more »

So close

Birthday time! But first, some gift-wrappy gold bags at Krua Thai

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CHEAP EATS It's birthday season! Me, yeah, but more importantly:

Happy birthday to C. Chunk, 5. Happy birthday to K. Chunk, 4. I took the train home for C. Chunk's birthday, and now I'm taking it home for K. Chunk's. That's a lot of trains, in case you were wondering, and I'm starting to feel like I could write a Jimmie Rodgers song.

What rhymes with Amtrak?

Ah, nevermind. I think I'll play with my laptop.Read more »

Fit as a fig

An air of wisdom -- and sugared pecans at Blue Fig
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CHEAP EATS On my birthday I saw a lot of water. I took a bath. I drove over the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. It was 90 degrees on the North Shore. I drank a lot of water, used water to wash the fish sauce out of my skirt, and bought a new car.

The Honda Fit! It's not only the best kind of car to have if you live in a city, it's the best kind of car. Period. It's such a good car, I have now bought one twice! And I've only ever bought two new cars in my life.Read more »

Whorls away

In the swim -- with not very many matzoh balls -- at Soup Freaks

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CHEAP EATS Way out in the water.

A severed head, a small treasure in gold, or drugs, my own death, fish, a baby in a basket, the murder weapon, the meaning of life, peace and quiet, a clue .. . A long time ago, when I was fearless, I swam toward something. That's how curious I was. It could have been anything, but I had to know.

Now, I can float. I like to think I can float.

Then, I was a pretty good swimmer. I could swim, see me swimming?Read more »

Sichuan healing

Hurting for the delicious no-frills delights of Sichuan Home in the Richmond

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CHEAP EATS Hedgehog tried to play flag football with my pink team, and before the game even started she broke her wrist, both bones, and had to have surgery.

All she did was trip over her feet and fall wrong.

Boom: Titanium rods.

The week that week was hard, and then it was Tuesday again and I was going to play flag football with my pink team without her, after dinner.

"Whatever you do," she said, over my first-ever attempt at a summer gumbo, "don't get hurt."Read more »

Deutch maneuver

Sausage at Schmidt's, skewers at Rice Bowl

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CHEAP EATS "Berlin is awesome," Kayday writes me, from Berlin. "We should all live here."

Amazingly, I answer her in German. "Genau," I write.

Berlin is awesome, true. But it's one thing May through September, and something very much else the rest of the time. Is my opinion.

Kayday lives in Seattle, and complains about the weather there from September through July.

She doesn't want to live in Germany, I feel certain.Read more »

The Katz correlations

Thinking out the hole thing at Katz bagels

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CHEAP EATS Bagels aren't my favorite thing. Maybe you've noticed. I haven't new-favorite-restauranted a lot of bagel places, if any, through the years. But then one day I was on my way to BART, very much in need of caffeination, and Cafe Petra was, to my surprise, all boarded up.Read more »

Feathers flew

Winging it right at the Pizza Place on Noriega

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CHEAP EATS The good wings were at Noriega Pizza in the Sunset. So there, Mission District! First Wayway leaves the building and takes his cutie-pie with him — not to mention their baby. And now this.

And not only to the Sunset, by the way, did they move, but way the hell out there in the Sunset, on 40-somethingth Avenue, around the corner from Noriega Pizza. Or, as it is more officially known, The Pizza Place on Noriega. Which Wayway likes better than Delfina, but maybe just because it's possible to eat there.Read more »

Playing Joe Cool

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CHEAP EATS Last Straw Sullenger and me were walking. Just strolling around the corner, to Community Thrift, to see if they had some things. My list was long. But I was telling her, as we walked, about my football team — the "here" one — and how, after just three seasons, it was starting to come together for us. Two straight wins...

How a lot of our players who had never played football before are starting to really get it and kick ass, especially our quarterback.Read more »

Smoke and mortality

Can The Dancing Pig's smoked chicken mend a broken heart?

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CHEAP EATS Earl Butter's dad died, so they cremated him and put him in a cookie jar. Words were said by Earl Butter. I wasn't there, or someone would have laughed at his joke about the Waltons.

On the day that Earl Butter was flying back from New Hampshire, I walked past a new barbecue place in the Castro. It smelled real good. I was hungry. It was lunchtime...

But:

Earl Butter being one of my longest standing and therest-for-me friends, I just kept walking.Read more »