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Good Affordable Knives?

Can anyone recommend a good affordable set of knives?


Jun 25, 2010
AlyshaB2005 in Cookware

Whiskey/Bourbon for a beginner?

Hi Jeremy,

I started drinking whiskey with a Seven & Seven. 7-up mixed with Seagram's Seven (a Canadian Whisky, which usually has a more mild taste than other brands) to taste. It is a very smooth drink and since you can control the alcohol content, you can slowly build up a taste for whisky.

Then, once I was used to the 7&7s, I moved on to Whiskey Sours and Boston Sours (my favorite). For this I usually use Jim Beam or Maker's Mark. They're not the fanciest or the best, but they are relatively smooth without too strong of a flavor to make them acceptable for mixing. But if you're not ready to drink it straight, I would recommend a good cheap alcohol anyway. After all, you don't want to mix a $80 bottle of scotch into a cocktail.

Good luck!

Jun 25, 2010
AlyshaB2005 in Spirits

The Vodka Cringe

There are two reasons for this. The first is that the company created the recipe in order to sell their brands. The second is that the recipe is made with the particular nuances of a single brand in mind. In the case of vodka, it is usually the first because vodka tastes vary very little between brands. But there are some alcohols, like bourbon, which can turn into a completely different drink depending on the brand. If you're not sure, try it once with the more expensive called-for brand, then again with a cheaper version and see if there is a difference in taste.

Jun 25, 2010
AlyshaB2005 in Spirits

A question about infused simple syrups

Can you post the recipe? It sounds delicious!

Jun 25, 2010
AlyshaB2005 in Spirits

Cafe Istanbul- casual?

Yeah, it's pretty casual. I would say...if you can wear it to the Olive Garden, you can wear it to Cafe Istanbul.

Cafe Istanbul
5450 W Lovers Ln Ste 222, Dallas, TX 75209

Olive Garden
2418 S I Hwy 35 E, Lewisville, TX 75067

Your own personal cookbook.

I guess my biggest concern would be if it was cost-effective to update it every few years. I'm constantly picking up new "favorite" recipes so I would eventually end up with the cookbook I created and a few dozen printouts sticking out of it.

Jun 25, 2010
AlyshaB2005 in Home Cooking

Ethiopian Food in Dallas?

I live near Love Field and there's a decent place there: Dallul at 2515 Inwood Rd, #117, Dallas, TX. The location is shabby with little to no atmosphere, but the food is quite good. And they also serve Italian ;)

Dallul Restaurant
2515 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75235

Valentines Ideas

I don't have a neighborhood preference as long as in Dallas (not Plano or other burbs). I'd prefer to be left alone, but will put up with more attentive waitstaff if the food is worth it.

OCNC, I thought starting two weeks ahead of time was reasonable! I'm I really already doomed?

Lunch in Uptown

I recommend the Village Burger Bar in the West Village and Mint on Oak Lawn. The both have excellent food and really good cocktails.

Valentines Ideas

Anyone have good ideas for Valentine's day dinner? I'm fine with expensive restaurants as long as it's worth it. Preferably something cozy and romatic (obviously).


Best coffee shop in the Carrollton/Dallas area - even if I have to drive 30 min.

I definitely second the Pearl Cup, it's my favorite coffee house. But my second choice is Opening Bell

Whats Your Favorite Salad in DFW

I think the salads at the Village Burger Bar are quite good...but they burgers are so good I hardly ever order them so beware, you probably won't get a salad once you step in there.

Dining suggestions near American Airlines Center in Dallas

Coal Vines Pizza is pretty good and just down the street‎

Ethnic restaurants in Fort Worth

My absolute favorite Indian place is Bombay Indian Grill It's pretty close to the FW Zoo, so it'll be convenient too.

Empanadas (Dallas)

If you're looking for something a little different, I would recommend Lumi Empanada and Dumplings It's a Brazilian/Vietnamese fusion so it's not authentic, but it is delicious.

Best places to eat in Dallas

For the upscale side, you should definitely go to Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck in Reunion Town, it has an amazing view of the Dallas skyline and the whole restaurant rotates so you'll eventually see the whole city.

For Mexican, or really Tex-Mex, if you can take the time to travel to Fort Worth, Joe T Garcia's is one of the best Tex-Mex in DFW mostly because of the incredible garden there. But I would also recommend La Duni (which is really more Latin American) and Cafe San Miguel.