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Local Bottled Water Question...Austin

After working from 7AM to 6PM at the conference (the association that I work for is putting the event on, here in Austin) and then working/attending a cocktail reception at the Bullock Museum until 8:30...well, I'm pretty exhausted and hope you don't mind if I make my responses in one posting, rather than reply to each person's individual message.

Rudeboy-
You commented: "GSD&M is right across the street from Whole Foods". I'd probably think this was interesting, too...if I knew what GSD&M was!

Slowcooked-
Your recommendation was right on target. The BBQ Dinner at Stubbs was on Sunday night. As I feared, it was buffet-style. But the stand-out item was the smoked chicken, even though it was all dark meat (not usually my fav)...smokey, moist and sweet with no sauce needed.

Wish I could have said the same for the brisket. IMO it was too lean and the smoke flavor reminded me of artificial smoke. It probably wasn't but it tasted that way. Needed liberal application of sauce to make it worth eating. The sliced turkey was...OK. Didn't get around to the pork ribs. They had little meat on them and (since it was a "working dinner" for me) decided they weren't worth having sauce slathered all over my face (not what you would call a "business professional" look). The side dishes included the usual suspects such as mac and cheese (couldn't try it as lactose is a no-no for me). But I was very disappointed that the serrano spinach was not made available.

Rene and Carmelapple79-
My thanks to one of you for taking the time to send an e-mail and to the other for the location lead. However, after a few phone calls, I found that the H2Orange, in the Tower shaped bottle, is available at the UT Coop on Guadalupe. By hook or by crook, I'll make it over there before I end up at the airport on Wednesday!

girloftheworld-
I think you're right about it being for the street fest. Google was of no help in finding Bartons Springs Water.

James Cristinian-
Although outside the parameters of Allie's (my daughter) collection, it certainly sounds like a unique item. Makes me think of a product called Boxed Water...which is, of course, water in a box!

To wrap this up, here's what was added today from several stops (including Central Market) after the Bullock Museum event this evening:
Biliner Mineral Water, Brazos Valley Spring Water, Texas Music Water and private label bottles from Amy's Ice Cream and Torchy's Tacos. I ate a couple of tacos at Torchy's. Made me think of the line from The Godfather that goes "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." In my case, it should have been "Take the bottle. Leave the tacos." Although Chicago is a heck of a lot farther from Mexico than Austin is, I've eaten at a lot of Chicago taquerias where the food was more authentic than what Torchy's was dishing out.

May 05, 2014
ChiKen in Austin
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Local Bottled Water Question...Austin

Rene,

Thanks for the link. What a terrific looking bottle!

I hope I can find it somewhere. I checked out their web site and it doesn't look like anything has been updated since 2011. Hope that doesn't mean it was discontinued.

Have you happened to have seen it still being sold recently?

May 04, 2014
ChiKen in Austin

Local Bottled Water Question...Austin

rudeboy,

Thanks for the reply!

Got off the plane a few hours ago, checked into the hotel and ran out to the Whole Foods. Based on your lead, my daughter's collection now is at 393 bottles! Whole Foods had Pure Rain, Agana, Peace and Cielo...none of which were on her checklist. I still need to try and find the others you mentioned (all I could see at the airport were the same old, same old).

Would love to stay in your city another day or two but must be back in the office Thursday morning (sigh).

As far as Stubbs is concerned, I don't know if the dinner will be sit-down formal or buffet style. So, the ordering of food might not be in my hands and I'll be eating food cooked in bulk and left to sit around in heated trays (sigh, number two).

slowcooked,

Thanks for mentioning the chicken. Hope I get a chance to try it (although I happen to be a white meat person). The serrano spinach sounds like a must have and I'll make it a point to get some.

About the Ozarka...yep, already on the list. Although it's not marketed in Chicago, either she or I must have come across it elsewhere...possibly through a lead like the one you gave. Thanks.

May 04, 2014
ChiKen in Austin

Local Bottled Water Question...Austin

I've spent a few days looking through the postings on this board and have found a few restaurants to try (or avoid) during the four days I'll be in Austin, attending a business conference (May 4-7). Unfortunately, my list has to remain short because virtually my entire days (and evenings) will be taken up with conference activities...leaving not a whole lot of time for me to be on my own. This is the first time I've been to Austin and look forward to trying some of the food (such as the recently mentioned barbacoa). The only organized meal will be a BBQ Dinner at Stubbs (not a place I would have chosen after what I've read here).

I'm staying at the Four Seasons, Austin, at 98 San Jacinto Boulevard and I'm sure this would also limit any real food exploration since I won't have a car...but I'll be doing the best I can, under the circumstances.

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has 389 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery or business I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant/business that has it's own privately labeled water (or carries an unusual brand) and is in the same general area as the Four Seasons, I'd appreciate knowing about it. Also, I'm quite willing to take a taxi, if the trip is a fairly short one.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and also non-restaurant, private labeled water bottles are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free, that's OK.

Any help you can provide in finding bottled water for the collection would be GREATLY appreciated! I'll be checking back here often to see if there are any suggestions

Thanks,

Ken

May 03, 2014
ChiKen in Austin

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

Update:

Well, since the conference ends at about noon on Wednesday (and I'll be on a 4:30 flight back to Chicago), I thought I'd take the time to let you know about my successes...and failures.

Mollie Stone's yielded both the Stanford and Cal bottled water. And BevMo had their own brand (BevMo!H2O). I also stumbled upon two other brands while wandering around near the hotel: Vita and Waiwera Artesian Water.

This brings my daughter's collection up to 379 different bottles. There may end up being one or two more because I'm going to stop at Rainbow Grocery on my way to the airport.

Haven't yet come across Calistoga. And a call to City Hall (and the Public Utilities Commission) let me know the city no longer bottles their water for consumer sales.

So, to those of you who took the time to read this thread and respond to it, I want to offer a big "Thank You!" from both myself and my daughter.

Ken

Oct 22, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

Would this happen to be the Rainbow Grocery, located at 1745 Folsom St?

Oct 22, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

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Oct 22, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

Thanks for the info about Raley's. Unfortunately, the web site for this chain shows that their nearest stores are quite a bit out of my travel range, on this trip. As usual, there's always something that's JUST out of reach!

Oct 22, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

Thanks for the lead on Calistoga...I'll try to track some down.

Arrowhead is sold in other parts of the country and has already be added to collection.

I know about the anti-water feelings. Google has lots of info about it. Back in 2003 the city started bottling it's own water under the name Hetch Hetchy Mountain Water. Would have liked to buy one for the collection but I'm sure it disappeared long ago.

Gotta go...my flight to SF is getting ready to board!

Oct 20, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...San Francisco

I've spent quite a bit of time reading through this board and have put together a list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the four days I'll be in San Francisco, attending a business conference. It's been quite a few years since I've visited your city and I'm looking forward to enjoying new eating experiences.

I'm staying at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco (600 Stockton St.) and am looking forward to following your food recommendations while I'm here from Oct 20 until late on Oct 23.

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has 374 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery or business I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant/business that has it's own privately labeled water (or carries an unusual brand) and is in the same general area as the Ritz Carlton (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it. Also, I'm quite willing to take a taxi, if the trip is a fairly short one.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and also non-restaurant, private labeled water bottles are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free, that's OK.

Google wasn't much help as the search results were mostly about the governmental bottled water ban. But I did find a regional brand that's not in the collection...Alhambra.

Any help you can provide in finding bottled water for the collection would be GREATLY appreciated! I'll be checking back here often to see if there are any suggestions

Thanks,

Ken

Oct 19, 2013
ChiKen in San Francisco Bay Area

Local Bottled Water Question...Atlanta

Thanks to the posters on this Board, I have a short list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the five days I'll be in the Atlanta area, on business. It's been 4 years since I've visited your city and I'm looking forward to enjoying new eating experiences..and also revisiting the World of Coca-Cola. I'm especially looking forward to the newly opened Norman Rockwell/Coca-Cola exhibit.

I'm staying at the Hilton Atlanta (255 Courtland Street NE) and am looking forward to following your food recommendations while I'm here from June 4 - 8.

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has 354 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery or business I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant/business that has it's own privately labeled water (or carries an unusual brand) and is in the same general area as the Hilton Atlanta (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and other non-restaurant related waters are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free,that's OK.

Any help you can provide in finding bottled water for the collection would be GREATLY appreciated! I'll be checking back here often to see if there are any suggestions

Thanks,

Ken

Jun 01, 2013
ChiKen in Atlanta

Local Bottled Water Question...Miami

SobeChower,

Thank you for the Flywheel Cycling info! Almost couldn't find them until I saw they are listed as Flywheel Sports.

I called to make sure they were the same place and had their own brand of water. Was told they only give the water to members but, when I told them about the water bottle collection, they said to stop by and they'd give me one.

The business conference I'm here with takes up all my time but I'll be sure to stop over there on Wednesday, after the conference wraps up.

Thanks again (from me and my daughter). Just the type of bottle I never would have located without your help!

Ken

Local Bottled Water Question...Miami

You're right...it is ubiquitous in this area of the U.S. With the marketing muscle of Nestle behind it, it's almost impossible to avoid this brand (just like other Nestle waters, such as Arrowhead and Ice Mountain, are in other sections of the country). Although Zephyrhills is already in the collection, I really appreciate your taking the time to respond to my inquiry.

Local Bottled Water Question...Miami

Thanks to the posters on this Board, I have a short list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the next three days while in the area, on business. I'm staying at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Avenue) and am looking forward to following the food recommendations while I'm here (flying back home late Wednesday night).

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has 339 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery or business I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant/business that has it's own privately labeled water (or carries an unusual brand) and is in the same general area as the Loews Hotel (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and other non-restaurant related waters are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free,that's OK.

Although I won't be arriving at Miami International Airport until Sunday afternoon, I believe I've already located one place to stop...thanks to Google. It seems that The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. carries their own brand of "Brooklyn" labeled water and I will be making a point to stop there and buy one.

Any help in finding others would be GREATLY appreciated! I'll be checking back here often to see if there are any suggestions

Thanks,

Ken

Local Bottled Water Question...Denver

Thanks to the Hounds on this Board, I have a short list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the next two days while in the area, on business. I'm staying at the Brown Palace Hotel and am looking forward to following the recommendations, while I'm here (flying back home late Saturday night).

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has just over 250 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant that sells it's own privately labeled water, and is in the same general area as the Brown Palace (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it.

As you can guess from the paragraphs above, the water doesn't necessarily have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and other non-restaurant related waters are also fair game. Even if I have to buy a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free,that's OK.

Since arriving yesterday, I've already stumbled on the following (new to the collection) four brands which are not available in the Chicago area: Eldorado natural spring water, Brown Palace Hotel natural artesian water, Rite Aid Pantry -- Crystal Lake spring water and Simplify purified water.

Any help in finding others would be GREATLY appreciated!

BTW, is it always this hot here, in the summertime???

Thanks,

Alice (posting from hubby's account)

Jun 21, 2012
ChiKen in Mountain States

Local Bottled Water Question

Hi again, Philly Hounds,

I got back to Chicago about an hour ago but wanted to write this "thank you" before it slipped my mind.

First of all, my comments on the cheesesteak comparison. As I mentioned, a couple of Chicago food places set themselves up as rivals to what can be eaten in their former home town. One of them, named "Philly's Best" says:

"Authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich - not a Chicago imitation. Our meat is brought to us
directly from Philadelphia to assure its authenticity. Thinly sliced and grilled to perfection with melted cheese and onions."

The bottom line is that you folks have nothing to fear from Chicago competition. Whether it's the ingredients, the ambiance or the ???...the cheesesteaks are better in their natural habitat...Philadelphia.

As far as the bottled water is concerned, thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down the Rosenberger's Diaries or the Wissahickon bottled waters. And, following up on Hansel's suggestion, I called the Waterworks Interpretive Center...but they told me the Philly Tap bottled water is no longer available.

I did get the Wawa labeled water (thanks for the lead) and several others. The Four Seasons was providing the food and beverage service for the convention I was attending and the water they provided was called "True", one that was not yet in my daughter's collection. I also attended a function at the Union League Club and picked up a bottle of their private label Union League water.

Finally, a stop at the Comcast Building's food court yielded two more bottles: "Vintage" and "DiBruno Bros.", DiBruno had the nicest bottle/label design of the five bottles I found.

So, you all have my thanks...and that of my daughter, when I give her the bottles, tomorrow.

Ken

Oct 20, 2010
ChiKen in Philadelphia

Local Bottled Water Question

Thanks to the Hounds here on the Philadelphia Board, I have a list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the next few days while in the area, on business. I'm looking forward to trying the food here...including the cheesesteak. A couple places in Chicago, operated by former Philadelphians, claim their cheesesteak is just the same as in Philadelphia...we'll just have to see about that!

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection. The bottles need to be plastic (for safety) and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so. She has just over 250 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant that sells it's own privately labeled water, and is in the same general area as the Four Seasons Hotel at One Logan Square (I won't have a car), I'd appreciate knowing about it. Google already led me to the Water Works Restaurant web site. Great selection of water, but the prices! I'd rather find a six-pack or a case at a grocery, drug or liquor store and keep one bottle for my daughter and give away the rest to whoever is leaving the store and wants it for free.

As you can guess from the paragraph above, the water doesn't have to have a restaurant's name on it. Regional waters sold in retail stores and other non-restaurant related waters are also fair game.

Thanks,

Ken

Oct 17, 2010
ChiKen in Philadelphia

Local Bottled Water Question

Thanks to the Hounds on the Florida Board, I have a list of restaurants to try (or avoid) over the next few days while in the Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton area. I'm looking forward to trying the food in this part of the country.

Along with my food exploring, I'm trying to buy bottled water for my daughter's collection (the bottles need to be plastic and sized around 16.9 fluid ounces, or so). She has almost 250 different water bottles in her collection and, with most of the national labels already accounted for, I'm trying to find regional and/or private labeled bottles.

Since stopping at every eatery I pass and asking if they sell their own "brand" of bottled water is an impossibility, I'm hoping you can help. If you can think of a restaurant that sells it's own privately labeled water, and is in the area of Florida I'm visiting, I'd appreciate knowing about it. BTW, regional waters sold in stores and also non-restaurant related waters are also fair game.

Thanks,

Ken

Nov 30, 2009
ChiKen in Florida