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How loyal are YOU to your favorite brand of beer?

I am loyal in that I try to buy local beer for home consumption, usually the ones in cans for recycling purposes. When out, I play the field. At the airport it is any port in a storm.

Feb 13, 2014
Dalrymple in Beer

ONE night in Birmingham

Highlands is a very good and iconic Birmingham restaurant, but a little stuffy and predictable in my estimation. I would recommend Hot and Hot Fish Club as a more interesting choice (James Beard Award and Iron Chef winning chef who will likely be in the restaurant). For casual simple fine dining I would suggest Little Savannah or Vittoria Macelleria.

Feb 13, 2014
Dalrymple in Central South

Michigan Maple Cutting Boards

This may be a late response, but I have two Michigan maple boards. I have a round 15" end grain board that is about five years old and a 12" X 18" that is about four. I would give both an A-. There is a slight separation in a couple of the end pieces, but this could be due to me not properly drying the board. The rectangular board, again perhaps to not being dried properly, has a few minor cracks at the joints, but nothing serious. No warping on either. I have been oiling them more frequently and they seem to like that.

Feb 13, 2014
Dalrymple in Cookware

mystery knife - any thoughts?

I think I have sorted out the mystery and believe that Kaleo is correct that this is an oyster knife. It appears, at least according to this website (http://www.amyglaze.com/oysters-with-...), that the variety of oyster found in France are best opened from the side, while the American ones are best opened from the hinge. This would explain the thinness and sharpness of the blade and also why when last in coastal France I broke a lot of shells by trying to open them at the hinge. Now I just need to get some French oysters....................

Feb 13, 2014
Dalrymple in Cookware

Tacos y Mariscos Colima in Birmingham - where have you gone?

Has anyone seen the aforementioned food trailer around Birmingham? It used operate on Greensprings Highway at 16th Ave. but disappeared a couple of months back.

Nov 04, 2013
Dalrymple in Central South

Thinking about buying Sabatier Carbon Steel Knife-Any Thoughts?

Canadian style handle, eh?

Oct 30, 2013
Dalrymple in Cookware

mystery knife - any thoughts?

Thanks for the replies, although I am not sure what to use it for now. Perhaps I will get some oysters, some scallops, and a giant wheel of Parmesan and put it to the test. :)

Oct 01, 2013
Dalrymple in Cookware

mystery knife - any thoughts?

I bought this knife (see pics) several years ago and, truth be told, I really was not, and am not sure what it is. It is marked on the blade:

Professional
Sabatier
Made in France
Stainless

I know it is from the Professional Sabatier line and I believe it was made for the American market, mainly due to the fact that it says stainless on the blade rather than INOX. It is 5 1/4" long and 1" wide.

I do not think it was intended to be an oyster knife because it is quite thin and has a very sharp edge. It may have been made for clams, but usually they are longer and thinner. I wonder if there are any existing catalogs that document what it is for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sep 30, 2013
Dalrymple in Cookware

Birmingham real tacos

I usually get a lingua taco and an al pastor or one of the aforementioned and a tostadas de pescado or camarones. I have seen the tortas and they look good.

Apr 08, 2013
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham real tacos

If you are driving down Greensprings away from UAB Tacos y Mariscos Colima is on the right at the light before the light and the road (where there are two gas stations) that takes you to I-65. It is next to the closed Bobcat Loader Services building.

Mar 06, 2013
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham real tacos

If any of you happen to be driving down Greensprings Highway I recommend Tacos y Mariscos Colima. It is a trailer generally parked in that strange little strip mall near Ward Park with the tactical knife and pawn shop, and “tobacco” accessories place. The tacos are good and portions are so generous that I usually only get two. The tostadas de pescado is also very good.

Mar 05, 2013
Dalrymple in Central South

Are Manners Getting Worse?

Truth be told I would rather a child be playing on a phone than running around a restaurant screaming or pelting other diners with bread. Related to the latter, it does seem that the culture has shifted and many parents display no rationality concerning their children's behavior and get tetchy when confronted about it, no matter how disruptive or disrespectful.

I also agree that diners talking on cell phones at the table is annoying, but somewhat mitigated now by the advent of texting. I would like to see more restaurants including policies on their menus discouraging taking calls at table.

I also agree with most of the commenters that smoking and dietary courtesies relate more to changing mores and health concerns rather than politeness, although one could make a case that greater attention to health and dietary inclusion is both polite and compassionate. However, the dietary bit can pose some issues with dinner parties. I would have no issues with providing vegetarian or vegan options if hosting a cookout, but with sit down meals I have to be honest that I tend to not invite friends who cannot eat what I intend to serve.

Mar 09, 2012
Dalrymple in Features

Thinking about buying Sabatier Carbon Steel Knife-Any Thoughts?

Elephants are quite good. However, I would not use an electric sharpener on knifes that have a wide bolster that goes to the very heel of the blade. They tend to take a lot out of the belly but none off the bolster. Eventually the edge will not fully contact the board when pressed flat. You can get away with the electric sharpeners for Shuns and most stamped chef's knives because you can go the full length. I would just use a steel frequently, and perhaps get a diamond steel for more occasional honing. You shouldn't have to put the knife to a stone but very rarely.

Dec 27, 2011
Dalrymple in Cookware

Birmingham real tacos

Had a hankerin' and decided to try the torta. That was a whole lot of goat (almost too strongly flavored), but excellent. Next time I think I will go al pastor next go round.

Feb 11, 2011
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham real tacos

Have not had the torta. Will have to get one next time I am out that way.

Feb 06, 2011
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham real tacos

Plus they are really nice folks. Do try the cerviche. Very simple, very good.

Sep 03, 2010
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham real tacos

If anyone finds themselves in Eastlake there is a taqueria and tienda on 1st Ave. North that has some good stuff: El Girasol. They have a goat taco that I am quite fond of. You can usually get it red, green, or white. I have never had a bad thing there although the chicharones did not go gentle into this good night. Good sopes, good tacos, good Mexican cerviche. Best to know some Spanish, though, because several of the servers do not speak English. You can get some rocking boots and futbol jerseys as well..................

Aug 28, 2010
Dalrymple in Central South

Birmingham -- Mr. Chen's

Just went and I am so grateful to be turned on to this place. Seafood Clay Pot was excellent. Next time I must have the salted duck, pigs ear, and quid appetizers. I kind of wish those now believing this to be the best Chinese in the Bham Metro could convince them to become even more adventurous.

Jan 12, 2010
Dalrymple in Central South

Thinking about buying Sabatier Carbon Steel Knife-Any Thoughts?

I have around a dozen carbon steel Sabatiers and love them. They take and hold an edge beautifully, especially with frequent steeling. But, they are a tad fussy with regard to care and feeding, and to be honest my love of them is largely sentimental. There is a place called The Best Things in Virginia that carries new old stock carbon steel Sabatiers as well as those of current manufacture. If what you want is something nice and cool, and are willing to put up with the quirks then I say go for it. However, if you just want an attractive workhorse I would go with a Wusthoff, stainless Sabatier (be careful here to select one of the better producers), or something Japanese (not a huge fan of Shun, but MACs are pretty nice as well as other smaller producers that I suspect other members could clue you in to).

Jan 12, 2010
Dalrymple in Cookware