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Fried chicken problem: Bad meat or bad cooking?

This is a fried chicken special from a Reno restaurant. The skin was fantastic. But each chicken had a section of meat that was unchewable. And it was meat, not something else.
Is this a problem with the quality of the chicken or is this a cooking problem?

Feb 15, 2015
SteveTimko in General Topics

Willamette Valley

It rhymes with dammit.

Feb 15, 2015
SteveTimko in Wine

Willamette Valley

Here's a map.
http://willamettewines.com/about-the-...
I'd say pick an area or two and find wineries to try.
RIbbon Ridge is one of my favorites. It has Ayres and Brick House.
Not too far away are Stoller and Domaine Drouhin, both of which have good chardonnay to go with their pinot noir. Domaine Serene is literally across the road from Drouhin -- you turn right to go to Drouhin, left to go to Domaine Serene -- but its style is bigger, riper, California-like wines.
Scott Paul is in Carlton. He's both a winemaker and an importer of Burgundy.
I've been to the Carlton Wine Studio twice and haven't found a wine I would buy.
What day of the week are you going? Many are only open for tastings Friday through Sunday or Monday.
Salem is quite a bit towards the south. If you went to wineries north of there you could hit more wineries.
Sauvignon blanc is not common. The white wines are chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinot gris for the most part.

Feb 14, 2015
SteveTimko in Wine

Reno: Authentic and tasty Chinese food at 168 Cafe

Yes, 101 Taiwanese is quite good. It and Crawfish Asian Cuisine are the two places in Reno with authentic Chinese food. See my review here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1004777

Feb 14, 2015
SteveTimko in Southwest

Reno Chowdown: Spectacular meal at Crawfish Asian Cuisine

It was good enough, Andy, that we should probably schedule another trip for later in the summer after you guys get back.
Thanks for the nice words.

Feb 11, 2015
SteveTimko in Southwest

Reno Chowdown: Spectacular meal at Crawfish Asian Cuisine

The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group held its latest Chowdown at Crawfish Asian Cuisine in Reno and the meal was spectacular, one of the best the group has ever had. We stuffed ourselves on gourmet food – not one bad dish in the batch – and the bill, with a 20 percent tip, came to $40 each. Everyone was happy.
For me, three dishes stood out. One was a baked Chilean sea bass done in a honey barbecue sauce. I think I picked up mild flavors of garlic and ginger set off by a mild sweetness. So few restaurants in Reno can get fresh fish but this was both fresh and perfectly good. Fall apart in your mouth good. It is definitely a dish I will order again if it’s on the menu.
The second dish were the lamb chops. A few weeks earlier I had gotten the black pepper lamb on a sizzling hot plate at the restaurant and it was excellent. The lamb chops were even better. Again, perfectly cooked. So good our group of 11 ordered a second plate to make sure everyone got one who wanted one.
The third one was pea greens in garlic sauce. Pea greens are the part of the pea plant we usually throw out as we eat only the peas. I loved this dish as soon as they set it down on the table as a wonderful fresh pea aroma wafted past me. It was quite tasty.
But the quality didn’t end there. Others raved about the crab and corn soup. There was a nice seafood flavor blend with fresh corn flavor.
We started the meal with boiled crawfish and boiled shrimp with each of their sauces. I liked all the sauces but I think my two favorites were the one with garlic and the one with Thai sauce. It’s a good idea to wear bibs as breaking apart the crawfish and shrimp can get pretty messy. Make sure you rip off a good supply of paper towels beforehand.
When you order crawfish or shrimp you can also order a side of garlic noodles. They are quite tasty, as other online reviewers have noted, and worth the money. One in our group was a chow fun fan so we ordered a vegetarian chow fun and it was also quite tasty. The noodles were perfect and it had other delicate chow fun flavors.
We also got duck and the group finished that with no problem.
Service was excellent. My water glass was never empty.
The owners, Ken and chef Da, came out at the end of the meal and chatted with the group. We appreciated the meal.
Want even a better endorsement than something from me? The owners of Fourth Street Bistro stopped by and got an order to go while we were there. When the operators of one of the best Reno restaurants stops by and gets food that means they must be doing something right.
The restaurant has crawfish in the name and the boils are a good choice there, but after exploring the rest of the menu I can say there’s plenty to bring you to Crawfish Asian Cuisine besides the boils.

Feb 10, 2015
SteveTimko in Southwest
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2000 Ridge Jimsomare Zin--How Long-Lived?

CellarTracker! notes suggest it is still going strong.
https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.as...
As others noted, it has a good reputation.

Dec 26, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Are your taste buds ever off?

No tastes that I remember. BUt it was odd that the Kiwi would taste so good and the oranges basically had no taste.

Dec 09, 2014
SteveTimko in General Topics

Are your taste buds ever off?

I was at a fruit stand Saturday, The operator bragged about the quality of the kiwi and the small mandarin oranges. I tasted the kiwi and loved it. I bought lots of that.
I tried orange samples from three different ones and didn't like any of it. But both the operator and other customers raved about it. I bought only a couple.
I tasted the orange this morning and it was fantastic.
So I guess I'm wondering way the kiwi would taste so good and the orange would not.

Dec 08, 2014
SteveTimko in General Topics

Champagne to reduce sulphur dioxide

I'm thinking through all the wines where I detected too much SO2 and I can't think of a single sparkling wine where it was a problem. It's usually in delicate whites or plonkish reds.

Oct 31, 2014
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Best roast duck close to Long Beach?

Anything new for duck?

Oct 13, 2014
SteveTimko in Los Angeles Area

Korean food suggestions in Garden Grove/Long Beach area?

Thanks. I think I may have been to Cham Sut Gol once but could not find it again.

Oct 13, 2014
SteveTimko in Los Angeles Area

'People were afraid of Burgundy when I started,' says broker Becky Wasserman | decanter.com

Wasn't she a secretary to Kermit Lynch or some other importer before she went out on her own?
I think she has many of the best high-end wines but in Burgundy I can afford -- which is almost none now -- Becky Wasserman's name on the label almost assured I wouldn't like it.

Oct 09, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

Thanks for all the tips.
I'm curious. This is the 9.1-quart version. It's 15 inches in diameter. If I wanted to use it on a portable induction heater plate, would it work? Online customer reviews give conflicting advice.

Oct 07, 2014
SteveTimko in Home Cooking

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

I found a Le Creuset Dutch oven on clearance at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $99. I want to get serious about cooking. So this will be an excuse to start. What are some good recipes for a beginner to try?
So far suggestions on Facebook have been chili and braised short ribs. What bulletproof recipes would you recommend?
The BB&B clerk said they don't carry Le Creuset in stock normally. It is supposed to be scratched, but when I looked at it I couldn't find a scratch.
I'm thinking someone ordered it and didn't pick it up and these disposed of it this way, or someone ordered it (maybe using the 20 percent off coupon), found something wrong with it and returned it and it sat around for a while before they finally dumped it in the clearance table.

Oct 05, 2014
SteveTimko in Home Cooking

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

I think we have an idea in our head what the food will taste like but that abstraction meets reality and it doesn't mesh.
These were uncommon dishes in the United States and probably western Europe. It's just not going to match the tradition.

Oct 02, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

Wrong. I actually tasted the food. It wouldn't work.
No wines would work. So I might as well serve a nice red that I can enjoy even if it doesn't pair well with the food.

Oct 01, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

Pinot gris is not an obscure grape. I've had plenty of pinot gris. It would not have worked. I don't need a bottle there to know that.

Oct 01, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

Thanks again for all the recommendations.
The dinner was last night. The food was great, for the most part. And looking back, I don't think there's wine that would have worked for either of the first two courses. The flavors were too intense and varied. The Israeli salad, for me, was overwhelmed by the mint. Others didn't think that.
The beef short rib and the sausage were both just mildly spiced, so the Novy syrah wasn't a bad match.
The Lascaux was over the hill. The Champagne was just okay. The Hiedler and the Novy were both singing. The Novy got mixed notes on CellarTracker! but I thought it showed great. I didn't open the Unti.
What this meal called for was a nice wheat beer, not wine.

Oct 01, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

SK Noodles Sparks - Vegetarian "Pho"

By the way, this is the place I keep telling you to go to try their udon noodle soup. It's a special, but worth checking out.

Sep 30, 2014
SteveTimko in Southwest
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SK Noodles Sparks - Vegetarian "Pho"

I'll have to check out the vegetable pho. I've had more than 100 meals there and have not had that.

Sep 29, 2014
SteveTimko in Southwest

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

I heard that and repeated it but it turns out that's no longer true. There are kosher wines made without cooking and there's also some splendid kosher wines. Just none sold here. I have a wine geek friend who is observant on high holy days and he has tried the best kosher wines sold here and said they are terrible.

Sep 27, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

Thanks to all who replied. The decision has been made. Influencing factors are recommendations in this thread, what wine I was able to find before I got too tired schlepping around my boxes and stuff that needs to be drunk (drank?) now.
One is a non-vintage Champagne. I can't remember by whom. I bought it six years ago at Wine Expo. It's in the drink now category.
No. 2 is a 2009 Lascaux blanc. Probably over the hill. Crossing my fingers. It's a Kermit Lynch import.
No. 3 is a 2006 Hiedler Weissburgunder Maximum. I couldn't find the Boxler pinot blanc. It wasn't in the box I thought it should be in. But I remembered from trying Greek wine with meze that the wine had been done in stainless steel and it really needed something that saw some wood. The Hiedler pinot blanc fits that nicely. Terry Thiese boasts it's the best pinot blanc in the world.
I was trying to find barbera. I have two bottles of Unti Barbera. I could only find one. I called the winery to ask if it's still good and they said coincidentally they tasted through their 2007s a few weeks ago and their still showing find. So No. 4 is a 2007 Unti Barbera. Nos. 5 and 6 are 2004 Novy Syrah Judge Vineyards. The notes are mixed for this on CellarTracker! so I figured it was time to drink them.

Sep 27, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

No not Kosher. In fact I'm guessing half the people there will be Gentiles.
The only pinot gris I have is a 2001 Boxler. I'm kind of protecting my Boxlers. . . but maybe this is the time to drink it. Even if most the people there couldn't tell a difference between a Boxler and Woodbridge.

Sep 24, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Suggestions for wine for an Israeli-style dinner

I'm going to a pop-up dinner serving what is described as Israeli-style food next week. After I posted this thread a few years ago, I don't think I can find a good wine to match the appetizers. So I'll stick with sparkling wine there.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808365
Below is the menu. This is as much as I know about it. Generally, what are some wines that can go with the main course? Israeli wines are out of the question. The Israeli wine sold here are terrible.
What are some other wines that will match with the foods?
The menu:
The Israeli Experience (9 Dishes served family style in 4 courses):
- Falafel, tahini, zhug, pickled shallot, herbs
- Hummus mesabecha, sumac oil
- Israeli salad, local cucumbers, heirloom tomato, Dough's garden jalapeno and radish, mint, sumac, scallion
- Grilled Pita

- Chicken wings, baharat spice, preserved lemon aioli
- Fried cauliflower, pomegranate tehini, mint
- Roasted local carrots, babaganoush, olives, local queso fresco and pea shoots, harissa butter

- Shawarma spiced beef, muhamarra, crispy marble potato, nasturtium
- Merguez sausage, lebneh, pickled dates, couscous

- Fresh doughnuts, cinnamon apricot jam, lemon curd, eggplant jam

Sep 24, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Best tasting broth sold in a store?

Okay, I tried the Rachel Ray today and I'd have to rank it as the best tasting so far. The funny thing is that the Kitchen Basics advertises it is made with McCormick spices but the thing that makes Rachel Ray's taste better to me isn't the chicken flavor, which is mild, but the spices.
It is still not great. I'm going to try others.

Sep 14, 2014
SteveTimko in General Topics

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

Rose is a not a 20-year wine.
I would look at German spatlese rieslings from reliable producers. Spatlese is off-dry, but not quite a dessert wine. I'm drinking Bollig-Lehnert spatleses from 1989 that are fabulous. I bought them as a library releases from K&L Wines for $18 a bottle.
If you live in the San Francisco area, K&L Wines can make some great suggestions for riesling and other wines. So can Paul Marcus Wines in Oakland and North Berkeley Imports. North Berkeley is an importer of Pibarnon, by the way.
I would rethink not including some Ridge zinfandels. I'm drinking them from the early 1980s and they're holding up nicely.

Sep 10, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

When I look at Wine Searcher Pibarnon is $40 or the low $40s, although no 2012s yet.
My 1993 Pibarnon is still young.

Sep 10, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

I pretty much agree with JBL but I'd add another option: Bandol.
The 2011 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche Bandol, a basic bottling, can go two decades.

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

2012 was a problem vintage in many places but Bandol is on the Mediterranean and is generally less affected by climate than other places.
So look for basic Tempier (the single vineyards are out of your price range) or Bastide Blanche, Terrebrune, Pradeux or Pibarnon.
Another option is to call the Kermit Lynch store in Berkeley. They're generally pretty straight up with me.

Sep 09, 2014
SteveTimko in Wine

Korean food suggestions in Garden Grove/Long Beach area?

Any feelings about Shinjuku Izakaya or BBQ Night?

Sep 02, 2014
SteveTimko in Los Angeles Area