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I'm thinking of buying the Breville You Brew BDC600XL

I've had one that worked great for about a year or so, then the grinder mechanism went out. I continued using it for several months then replaced it with a Cuisinart SS700 single serve. I liked the concept of the Breville, but the single serve portions were inconsistent, sometimes not enough coffee, sometimes overflowing coffee cups

1 day ago
rexster314 in Cookware

Unique Chow In Maui

Mike7056 You do realize that you're posting to a 7 year old thread?

Jul 19, 2014
rexster314 in Hawaii

cutting board made of Corian

Although cleanup on a glass/corian type cutting board is super easy, it's the worst thing you can use for a knife's health. The stuff will turn an edge even on a first cut and then you'll have to reshape it constantly to keep a good edge, which means you're removing steel when you don't have to using a bamboo or other type wood or nylon/plastic board

Jul 19, 2014
rexster314 in Cookware

I smoked my first brisket on my PK grill today and....

Personally, I've never done the foil/cooler thing. When I've done the Texas crutch, I'll put the meat back on the pit to dry out the crust or open the foil up so the bark can crust up again in the oven. If you got the flat and point to the same temp (195 or so) there's not much you can do to it.

Had an old pitmaster tell me 30 some odd years ago that a brisket is done when it's done. Time is kinda a guideline but nothing written in stone.

Jul 19, 2014
rexster314 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Dining on Maui and Lanai

David Paul has a new place on Front St called Island Grill. That's probably the one the 2009 poster was referring to

Jul 09, 2014
rexster314 in Hawaii

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

Went to hell after it got bought out. The Navigation location was my favorite, and I refuse to go there anymore after getting an order of fajitas that appeared to be leftovers from the day before; dried out and stringy

Jun 28, 2014
rexster314 in Houston

What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

Mushrooms, brussel sprouts, celery cooked with the crabs are always good as they absorb the seasonings well

Jun 27, 2014
rexster314 in Home Cooking

COOKS ILLUSTRATED review disappointed me! Whynter SNÖ Ice Cream maker....!

I got a Breville BCI600XL several weeks ago and am entirely satisfied with the ice cream it makes and the machine itself which is almost all stainless steel except some of the controls

Jun 25, 2014
rexster314 in Cookware

Magical night needed for 25- San Antonio- Help!

That's cutting it very close on Bohanan's

Jun 20, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Dining on Maui

One of the best places to get a "plate lunch" is just down the road from you, Honolua General Store. Great lunch spot unless ABC has completely ruined the place.
Also Tasty Crust is just down the road from Home Maid Bakery and is great for breakfast after going to the Swap Meet

Jun 18, 2014
rexster314 in Hawaii

KitchenAid mixer attachments + dishwasher = ruined?

Just remember the problem with using a steel wool pad like Brillo or SOS will leave steel particles in the porous aluminum and sooner or later will cause rust spots on the utensil

Jun 01, 2014
rexster314 in Cookware

Tex Mex in San Antonio?

Mi TIerra is kinda a rip. In my experience over the many years, too many people, sometimes not enough servers which means warm or cold food when you get it. Rosario's is good, never been to Acenar, but if you want authentic SA Tex Mex, go a couple of blocks past Rosario's and try Tito's. Excellent food and reasonable prices as well. Don't waste your time on anything on the Riverwalk. They depend on tourists who more than likely will never be back to SA. If you want to drive a little further Soluna is worth a try. On Broadway farther out of downtown. Very good

May 20, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Smoked brisket with "deli" spices?

That's almost a recipe for pastrami.

May 17, 2014
rexster314 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Best Bowl of Red in San Antonio?

And that's too bad. The Riverwalk used to be a fun place to go and no matter what the food you got was good to excellent. Now because of the hordes of tourists, you get served mostly crap because they bet on you won't be back since you're a visitor. If you want real Tex-Mex you have to venture beyond the Riverwalk. Give me a breakfast at Tito's over Mi Tierra any morning and I'll be happy

Apr 30, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

San Antonio Riverwalk on Cinco de Mayo Suggestions

Schilo's comes to mind. Decent German food and homemade root beer.

Apr 23, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Ditto on Leoda's. Pies overpriced and over rated. Another one of theirs, Star Noodle, was ok, portions too small for the pricing. Aloha Mixed Plate we do like, ate there twice the last time on Maui.

Apr 08, 2014
rexster314 in Hawaii

Pendery's and Other Chili Mixes Available in Texas

You just can't go wrong with Bolner's chili mix and chili powders. Find in HEB

Feb 28, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

What to bring back from Austin and San Antonio

If you're looking for Texas style seasonings, get yourself to Bolner's market, 2900 S Flores St. Great little meat market, eat some bbq there for lunch and buy some great seasonings.

Feb 24, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Best beef cuts mix for grinding my own burger?

Whatever cut is on sale, chuck or sirloin. I wait for it to go on sale and it's usually half the price of store ground meat

Feb 02, 2014
rexster314 in Home Cooking

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Grinder Attachment Problems

The blade is reversible with sharp edges on both sides. I was using speed 3-4 on some boneless beef chuck the other day and had to go up to 6 as the motor was stalling, and it's an older 600w KA

Feb 02, 2014
rexster314 in Cookware

Tablets, smart phones and apps in the Kitchen

I keep recipes I've found in Word files. I have them broken down in separated files by Entrees, Soup/Salad, Sides, Desserts, etc. They're kept on my networked external hard drive. I get my Motorola tablet in the kitchen, bring up the desired recipe and start cooking. Very handy, and I can access the files over the internet if I'm somewhere other than my home

Jan 27, 2014
rexster314 in Cookware

First time in San Antonio--need advice

Los Barrios, on our one visit, seemed pretentious and overpriced. I guess they have to in order to pay for the building. Best SA puffy tacos ever was at the Taco House, on San Pedro. Open kitchen, you can see how they make everything. Open for breakfast and lunch, they close around 2 pm I think. Carne guisada, Mexican plate lunches, everything is good here. Seems like most everything is house made.

Jan 20, 2014
rexster314 in Texas

Grocery shopping on Maui

There's also a Courtyard by Marriott almost across the street from Costco

Dec 29, 2013
rexster314 in Hawaii

specific San Antonio questions

New Year's Eve is a big thing in SA. The city closes down the street from Hemisfair Plaza to the Alamo and it's one big block party. One year they estimated 250000 people there.

Dec 29, 2013
rexster314 in Texas

specific San Antonio questions

Well, our NYE itinerary in SA is Ruth's Chris (9pm) then walk the Alamo Plaza/Hemisfair area for a funnel cake, then maybe to the Menger bar till midnite and if it's crowded, we'll take our drinks out to the lobby and people watch. Can't help with the BBQ, never really found any GOOD bbq so we always wind up going to Rudy's

Dec 28, 2013
rexster314 in Texas

Texas De Brazil or Fogo De Chao

Though I haven't been to the FDC in Houston, been to the one in San Antonio once. Didn't like it. We've been to the TDB both in Houston and San Antonio and love them both. I can't describe the differences other than to say the wait staff at TDB were infinitely more accommodating and friendly. You won't be disappointed at Texas De Brazil

Dec 27, 2013
rexster314 in Houston

Hawaiian Cooks, Need help with preparing Lomi Lomi Salmon

Here you go: If unsalted salmon is used, rub the salmon with sea salt or rock salt and let stand overnight,

Dec 26, 2013
rexster314 in Home Cooking
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best malted milkshake?

Can't say for Oahu, but Teddy's in Lahaina makes a mean chocolate malt.

Dec 26, 2013
rexster314 in Hawaii

ISO Great Food Trucks on Oahu and Maui

Geste's shrimp truck near the entrance to MCC on the harbor side of the road. Best hotnspicy garlic shrimp on the island and better than Giovanni's at the North Shore of Oahu

Dec 26, 2013
rexster314 in Hawaii

restaurant recommendations for San Antonio and surrounding area

Go try out Tito's, 955 S Alamo St. Good S.A. Tex-Mex at reasonable prices. Their breakfasts are pretty good. Almost anything on the Riverwalk is chancey except Fig Tree (bring your bank account with you) Drive out to La Fogata and if the weather cooperates try an outside table 2427 Vance Jackson Rd
La Fonda is old time SA Tex Mex also. I wasn't crazy about the service the last time we were there but food is good 2415 N Main Ave

Dec 01, 2013
rexster314 in Texas