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Recommend a Restaurant - Near Route from San Antonio Airport to Ft. Sam

Husband and I will arrive in San Antonio early evening and want to have dinner before arriving near Ft. Sam. not too far off the route. Any ideas? Local cuisine is fine - even preferred and budget is not a big consideration. Thanks!

Dec 05, 2013
libstewart in Texas

Mashed Potatoes early the day before Thanksgiving?

Nov 18, 2013
libstewart in Home Cooking

Shrimp n Grits in Sarasota

Owens Fish Camp. DH ordered S&G twice there during a 4-day trip! He's a picky eater.

Sep 18, 2013
libstewart in Florida

Any restaurants worth trying in Sarasota/Bradenton?

I'll add a second recommendation for Owen's Fish Camp. Enjoyed them twice during a four-day visit.

Aug 13, 2013
libstewart in Florida

Sandwich Inspiration - what was your last "sammy"?

Pimento cheese spread heavily laced with sriracha sauce on sourdough bread is in my lunch today.

Aug 07, 2013
libstewart in Home Cooking

10 Best Southern Hotdogs?

This Southern girl takes ketchup, Tabasco and onions. Never heard of slaw on a dog until I moved to the West Coast - but it's probably good. I know it works with BBQ.

Jul 30, 2013
libstewart in Southeast

Food suggestions for a Kentucky road trip! [Owensboro, Bardstown, Louisville, Lexington and in-between]

I'll do that. Thanks!!

Food suggestions for a Kentucky road trip! [Owensboro, Bardstown, Louisville, Lexington and in-between]

I'll have to look up Finchville Farms. I am in Seattle also and have been ordering ham for parties from Broadbent's in Cadiz, KY. My last order wasn't as good as I expected. I, too have enjoyed Beaumont Inn, but was afraid to recommend. It has been many years since I've been there and sometimes places don't change for the better. Didn't think of Merrick Inn. It was always a favorite of the Lexington area branch of my family.

How's That Liquor Privatization Workin' Out Ferya?

It's working out just fine for me. Thanks for asking!

Jul 10, 2013
libstewart in Greater Seattle

Food suggestions for a Kentucky road trip! [Owensboro, Bardstown, Louisville, Lexington and in-between]

Born and raised in Kentucky. Went to the University of Kentucky. Given a few Derby parties. Never had a Hot Brown. They look kind of heavy and messy to me. When I think of food from home I think of BBQ - in my corner of KY Mutton was popular (long time ago). It is hard to find now. Much more pork. I also think of ham - in and around Lexington a few years ago you could buy it by the pound at a Kroger deli. Haven't been back in a while. If you get a chance you might try Shakertown at Pleasant Hill. The last time I ate there I got real Kentucky Ham. While you are there try to drive around Woodford County (real horse country) beautiful pastures, barns and stacked rock fences. Try to get a meal in Midway - that used to be a great place to eat.

where can I buy good stone ground grits?

I order mine from "The Original Grit Girl"
They are the grits that John Currence serves at his restaurants in Oxford, MS (Big Bad Breakfast, City Grocery etc).

Jun 28, 2013
libstewart in Southeast

best sarasota restaurants

My husband and I just returned from Sarasota and at his request enjoyed two dinners at Owen's Fish Camp. DH was particularly fond of the Shrimp and Grits and my favorite was the Fried Green Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Country Ham Crisps. We tend to be early diners and did not experience a wait.

Jun 19, 2013
libstewart in Florida

Traditional Southern cooking - cookbooks?

The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook by Matt and Ted Lee, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose, and Charleston Receipts by The Junior League of Charleston are my "go-to" Southern cookbooks. They have the traditional recipes that I remember without all the "gimmicks" attributed to Southern cooking like a jar of mayonnaise or a pound of butter in every recipe.

Apr 18, 2013
libstewart in Home Cooking

Jimmy John's

Guess you are leaving New Orleans out of the South. Philadelphia nor Jimmy John's can't beat a properly made Po' Boy!

Feb 06, 2013
libstewart in Chains

Seattle specialties

No "free zone" any more.

Jan 24, 2013
libstewart in Greater Seattle

Seattle specialties

I have to disagree - Lowells is my favorite. It's not gourmet, but really a good market choice.

Jan 24, 2013
libstewart in Greater Seattle

Peanut butter taste tests; PB devotees: what's your favourite?

Jif - 'nuff said!

Jan 23, 2013
libstewart in General Topics

Breakfast near/in Pike Place Market?

I really like Lowell's. If you want breakfast at the market - it's the place to go. If you want a pricy hotel (nice hotel) breakfast go to Cafe Campagne.

Jan 21, 2013
libstewart in Greater Seattle

Shrimp and Grits

Combine the grits with cold milk/water and start cooking from there (instead of bringing liquids to a boil). This works with most grains - makes the creamiest oatmeal.

Dec 04, 2012
libstewart in Home Cooking

Costco in Memphis - does it sell booze?

The Costco on Hacks Cross Road does not sell liquor (does have beer and maybe wine???) but there is a liquor store in the same building - don't know if it is part of Costco or not. We were visiting.

Tacoma spot with decent food, TV viewable from dining area

Our new favorite is Boathouse 19. Good for TV viewing - nice view of the boathouse - and great food. Food is casual - my favorite is the Shrimp Po Boy and hubby's is the burger. Steamer clams have the best broth; but make sure you order the garlic bread to go with. Happy hour starts at 3 PM and you don't have to sit at the bar.

Oct 26, 2012
libstewart in Greater Seattle

Please Don't Put Onions or Shallots In Your Gazpacho

I have used both onions - sweet and red - and shallots in my gazpacho and have never had a problem. Are you peeling your cucumbers?

Oct 17, 2012
libstewart in Home Cooking

sur la table or Williams-Sonoma

Especially when it comes to specialized baking supplies, I almost always shop King Arthur Flour's online shop. I think you would find your vanilla paste there. They are especially good about answering product questions online.

Oct 09, 2012
libstewart in Cookware

sur la table or Williams-Sonoma

I see Sandra Lee wannabes shopping at places like Michael's, Artco, World Market, Cost Plus and the Party Store.

Oct 09, 2012
libstewart in Cookware

sur la table or Williams-Sonoma

And I have had exactly the opposite experience. Had some quality problems with the liner of the All-Clad Slow Cooker about a year after I purchased it and WS replaced the entire unit - all handled over the phone.

I shop both stores - depending on special offers. I, too, fondly remember shopping at the original SLT and still enjoy browsing that shop. WS sometimes has a bit more "polish" or I believe a reader above described it as being "precious" - but sometimes I like that.

Oct 09, 2012
libstewart in Cookware

BBQ in Memphis near Costco

We did end up going to the Germantown Commissary and enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation! We both had the chopped pork sandwich plate. Sadly, I now see that I forgot your recommendation of their potato salad - but I was very impressed with the cole slaw and took a "to go" container back to our condo. Again - thanks for the response.

Emeril's New Orleans or NOLA

I like Delmonico's also - didn't comment because I have not been there in some time. It was a wonderful evening - took the streetcar to the Garden District (the stop is in front of Delmonico's). I remember that we both really enjoyed the evening and it wasn't noisy at all. Had the barbequed shrimp for an appetizer and it was wonderful.

Oct 05, 2012
libstewart in New Orleans

Which 4 of these places are best for breakfast for a first visit to New Orleans?

I know Brennan's is old school and expensive; but I thought it was elegant and the food was very good. I may never have the need to enjoy a breakfast like that again, but I am glad I had the experience of eating there once.

Oct 02, 2012
libstewart in New Orleans

Decent food near Opryland Resort Hotel?

Unfortunately the hotel is in "fast food land" right off the parkway. When I was there last, the hotel's food was very good but the prices are probably above your allowances.

Caterer for a BBQ Party

Obviously from the previous posts many will disagree with me. I have not found any truly great BBQ in the Pacific Northwest. BBQ is just not a local specialty. That being said, if I wanted to have BBQ at my party and didn't want to cook myself. I would go to "Famous Dave's". I know it is a chain but it comes closest to the barbeque I enjoyed from the other side of the country where BBQ is a specialty that varies from region to region.

Sep 28, 2012
libstewart in Greater Seattle