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Pour over coffee advice (Hario v60)

Thanks, all!

Jun 09, 2012
mbreed in Cookware

Pour over coffee advice (Hario v60)

I'm about to purchase the Hario v60 ceramic dripper, the drip kettle and the Hario slim coffee grinder. My question is simple: do I really need to buy the serving pitcher to drip the coffee into? Will the v60 fit on a mug or a 2 cup Pyrex?

Thanks for any advice on this or pour over coffee brewing in general.

Michael

Jun 08, 2012
mbreed in Cookware

Paloma

I recommend using Ting. It's a fantastic grapefruit soda, and comes in green or pink.

Jun 16, 2008
mbreed in Recipes

Chicory and Arugula Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

I love the arugula / radicchio combination with just balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, freshly grated parmesan, salt & freshly ground black pepper.

Mar 17, 2008
mbreed in Recipes

One shot in Dallas...

I also would recommend York Street. I took some vendor partners from NYC there, and all were very impressed, even by NYC standards.

Hibiscus is also outstanding.

Jan 04, 2008
mbreed in Texas

Warning: Overpriced wine shop in Dallas, TX.

It's funny, the owner I spoke with made a point to mention that everything is priced retail, and that you can enjoy a bottle in the shop at the same price as taking one home. I agree with you that it seems the opposite is taking place.

Jan 04, 2008
mbreed in Texas

New York style pizza

Give Coal Vines a try. It was started by a former NYC police officer.

Coal Vines
2404 Cedar Springs
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-855-4999

Jan 01, 2008
mbreed in Texas

Warning: Overpriced wine shop in Dallas, TX.

Buyer beware! Wanted to share a poor experience at a relatively new wine shop in Dallas. Steer clear of this wine shop, and avoid the mistake I made.

The wine shop is "Brut: A Champagne Boutique” on Mockingbird in Dallas, TX (brutdallas.com).

The seller marks nearly all sparkling wines at $25. I purchased a Gruet Brut; I nice bottle, but $13 nice at Tom Thumb, vs. the $25 I paid. I love to support to local guy, but this is ridiculous.

The blame is on me, as I should have known better. But it's disappointing to see a seller like this in business.

Jan 01, 2008
mbreed in Texas

2 nights in Santa Fe - Where to dine?

Better late then never! Here's a brief account of the places we visited in Santa Fe...

Trattoria Nostrani for dinner. We had an exceptional meal, and terrific service. We chose to sit inside, and the setting was very comfortable and intimate. Perhaps a little too intimate, as we were seated so close to another couple that we were essentially eating together. Even though the space is small, they could stand to separate the tables just a bit. My most memorable dish was a simple ravioli in a fresh tomato ragu.

Anasazi for dinner. Not a bad experience, but a bit more generic. I was hoping for some bolder southwest flavors, and was slightly disappointed. The service was good, but lacked hospitality - not much warmth. Again, we were very happy overall. But comparing with such a memorable experience the prior night, we were a bit underwhelmed.

For lunches: Plaza Cafe upon arriving. Great local spot, festive with a mariachi band playing, and absolutely packed. El Farol on Canyon Road. We had excellent sandwiches. It was a great stop after walking through the galleries. Looked like it would be solid for dinner as well. Before leaving, made it to Coyote Cafe's rooftop cantina. Glad we did lunch here instead of dinner. The rooftop, outdoor cantina has a great feel.

For breakfast, we made it to Cafe Pasqual's. Again, definitely a local scene. We ate at a community table, and had a chance to talk to other tourists as well as locals. Excellent food.

Also, drinks on the 2nd floor patio of the Ore House. Not the best margaritas, but a great place for drinks before dinner. Overlooks the plaza, great people watching. Good salsa.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I would highly recommend a weekend to Santa Fe to get away from it all.

Nov 12, 2007
mbreed in Southwest

Green Beans Are Disgusting

You have to appreciate Cooks Illustrated for what it is. It isn't a place for the newest flavor trend, or to promote the spontaneity of cooking. Rather, it is an incredible resource to become better versed in the building blocks of great cooking.

I have always loved how Cooks Illustrated can help you understand the science and the "why's" behind great food. How many times have you made dish that looked/sounded incredible in one of the more leading-edge publications, only to have it fall flat. Cooks Illustrated strives to be fool-proof, and there is no doubt that they deliver on this.

Nov 12, 2007
mbreed in Features

2 nights in Santa Fe - Where to dine?

Thanks to all for your feedback. I've made reservations at Trattoria Nostrani and Anasazi. I'll be sure to post reviews when I get back.

Best,
Michael

Aug 13, 2007
mbreed in Southwest

Avanti Fountain Place . . . Feedback Needed

We had our rehersal dinner at Avanti Fountain Place, and had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, and the space is intimate. It made for great photos.

Aug 07, 2007
mbreed in Texas

Highland Park/SMU Dallas area

Reikyu in Mockingbird Station (Mockingbird & I-75). Really close to Trinity Hall too, for good beer selection.

Aug 07, 2007
mbreed in Texas

Highland Park/SMU Dallas area

Yes, Bubba's has excellent breakfasts too. I lived in an apartment across from Bubba's during college, and it's a wonderful thing to wake up every morning to the smell of fried chicken!

Aug 07, 2007
mbreed in Texas

what is best BBQ in Dallas?

Peggy Sue's BBQ in Snider Plaza. It's a great, small local place. Great local atmosphere and excellent BBQ. Snider Plaza is a cool area in University Park, really close to the SMU campus.

I'm a fan of both Texas and Memphis BBQ, and I get the pulled pork sandwich here.

Aug 07, 2007
mbreed in Texas

2 nights in Santa Fe - Where to dine?

My wife and I are going to spend two nights celebrating her birthday in Santa Fe. With so many great choices, I am having trouble deciding where to eat. Here are the three I'm most seriously considering:

Aqua Santa - Brian Knox's place

Anasazi - I've heard the outdoor dining here has an incredible view, and the food is wonderful.

Trattoria Nostrani - We love Italian food & spent her birthday last year in Italy. But is the food worth the $120 price point? It sounds a little stuffy with the "no fragrance" policy.

I'm anxious to hear your thoughts on these, and any other recommendations you may have.

Thanks!
Michael

Aug 07, 2007
mbreed in Southwest