L.E. Leone

An upside

The 49ers have fizzled; pork jowls at Halu can help

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CHEAP EATS I've been saving something for you. Something special. For a time just like this.

The 49ers have fizzled in the drizzle, and the spring season of dyke football is a long way off. Not to mention spring training. Not to mention Spring.Read more »

A real SF tweet

Missing chickens -- but plucking up the Old Clam House

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CHEAP EATS I keep buying little plants and killing them. This makes me miss chickens, which are, in my experience, both easier to keep alive and more gratifying to kill. Now that they come from the grocery store, I cook more chickens than ever. Therefore, I would like to have fresh herbs in my kitchen. Therefore, I keep buying these little plants.

And killing them.Read more »

Try your luck

Riding the leftover-go-round at Oakland's Ly Luck

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CHEAP EATS Here's how I'm different from most people, yo. When most people go to a restaurant and become gastrointestinally challenged on the walk home to the point of very nearly having to do something undignified in the bushes, they don't go back to that restaurant.

Me, I not only go back, I order the exact same thing!Read more »

Brighter Days

A friend heads for sunnier climes -- and Oakland's LCX

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CHEAP EATS Kayday, she doesn't so much like it in Seattle, and this comes as no surprise to me. Or her. Or you, probably, if you've ever been there. If not, just go to weather.com and sample a 10-day forecast, any 10 days, this time of year. That'll give you some idea what she's up against. It's a beautiful city with good coffee and, traditionally, strong music, but that doesn't make it any kind of long-term livable for a sunny-dispositioned nature such as Kayday's.

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Holeyness

Searching for religion -- and finding Chinese doughnuts at Gum Kuo

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CHEAP EATS Remember when we used to go out to Ocean Beach on New Years Eve nights and burn Christmas trees? I want to do that again. I think you can still have a bonfire, right — at the end of the park?

Maybe next year.

Over the last couple holiday seasons I have been gradually feeling my way back into the spirit of things — last year by visiting Joshua Tree and hacking a chicken's head off, and this year via the good ol' American tradition of watching football on TV and eating potato chips and geese.

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Chip-chip-hooray

Five-fer tacos and waiterperson waffles at Reaction

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CHEAP EATS What'd I say 50 weeks ago? "More fun in one-one," or something, and, well, I had it!Read more »

Tough mustard

From soccer feijoada to Bernal's Avedano's

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CHEAP EATS Zeni said she'd been cooking for three days. But the shopping was the hardest part. She had to go all over town, she said, to get the right sausages and other meat ... things.

Such as knuckles.

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Do drop in

The catfish hit the floor, but the food was tops at the Bay Leaf

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CHEAP EATS I am not my new favorite restaurant's new favorite customer. No. If restaurants could review the people who eat at them, I would be roasted and raked right now. Or deep-fried.

Really, I deserve worse.Read more »

Just pho you

San Tung disappoints, Saigon Pho II delights (at least in the beef department)

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CHEAP EATS I can't tell you how many times in my life I have been sitting in Java Supreme dunking a biscotti and discussing literature and pork with Earl Butter, and then I have to use the bathroom so I go home.Read more »

Grand re-entrance

Getting reacquainted with -- and diving into lemongrass noodle soup at -- Lotus Garden

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CHEAP EATS It was one of those rainy rainy cold cold days, when all you can think about, if you're me, is a steaming bowl of noodle soup. It was Sunday. Hedgehog was taking an all-day welding class at the Crucible. My football season was over, and I couldn't play soccer because I'd yanked my hamstring playing football the weekend before, then ripped it playing racquetball. So I was under doctor's orders to sit the hell still for a time.

Tick.Read more »