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Oh, you knew we couldn’t stay away for that long. This time we went armed with our appetites and a camera so that I could dutifully bring you pictures of

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Last weekend in our quest for dinner, we stumbled upon a wonderful little restaurant in downtown San Carlos. I knew it was going to be a promising experience since
a) it was hard to find
b) we were received by the owner/chef/artist as if we were long lost friends
c) the décor was quaint enough to be cute but the haphazard enough to make me feel that the focus was on the food.

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Halal 101

I suppose I should have addressed this at the get go. But, if you are reading this (yes, the three of you), you probably know the basics anyway. For those of you who don’t, what are you doing here? Seriously.
Not that I mind the company….

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Despite the 30-odd mile drive, a name change and the disappearance of the orange crème smoothie, the better half (henceforth to be known as the TBH) and I are die hard loyal fans. How so?

Jaan, you’ve drooled all over your pillow, what were you dreaming about? San Franciscan!
Honey, what do you want for breakfast? San Franciscan!
Love, can you help me with the laundry? After we’ve had a San Franciscan!
I rest my case.

So whether rain or shine, by car or foot (yes, we’ve walked there) Cafe Grillades is our anytime, all-the-time option. We’ve been going there even before they called it that. We came to know it as La Creperie du monde and came to love the sunny burst of sunshine and halal sausage in the San Bruno strip mall.

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What makes a good desi restaurant? Here’s a little insider tip. (Little because I’m five foot four and insider because I’m desi.) Look for the vital stats: strip mall, self service and dining desis. They are all good signs. It means that the focus is on the food.

And speaking of food, the promise of melt-in-your mouth kababs (so swore a friend) and a trip to the South Bay saw us face to face with Shan restaurant. Strip mall? Check. Self service? Check. Dining desis? Check. Check. Check.

The décor is geared towards atmospherelessness so its tables, chairs and television. Let me rephrase that tables, chairs and Pakistani soap operas. Sitting within eavesdropping distance of the other tables and strategically placed in front of the TV, my elephant ears were all ready to wiggle and waggle but first to matters at hand. Khana.

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