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Wine pairing herby pork?

I'm thinking a nice flinty chenin blanc

about 5 hours ago
kagemusha49 in Wine

"Bully Beef & Biscuits" - a new book about food during the Great War

It sounds really interesting Harters. No reviews yet on the UK Amazon website. I get books from Amazon to review - I'll look for it on the list they send me - if they don't I may have to shell out some cash to get it. Good luck!

1 day ago
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

air travel with sushi

Well, if it is anything like transporting a gun, TSA will require you to purchase a TSA approved sushi safe with a TSA approved lock and to go through a special procedure to check the stuff in your baggage.

IVDP sets out strategy for divergent Douro -- Porto vs. Douro table wine

Yeah - one day Macao may export knowledge and taste for Portuguese wines to China. It's just that, right now, the vast majority of visitors are ONLY interested in gambling and the high rollers automatically go for French wines. You have to take the long view on these things. Meanwhile I am happy that most of the rest of the world remains blissfully ignorant of just about any kind of Portuguese wine - that keeps it cheaper for me!

Apr 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
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IVDP sets out strategy for divergent Douro -- Porto vs. Douro table wine

Muito obrigado. I thought about Macao (been there and even had a meal at a posada!) - but its population is too small to make a dent and I don't really think there's a huge demand for portuguese wines in the casino trade. Mozambique has about the same population as Angola but is too poor to afford much imported wine. Then there's Goa which is pretty much just a fly speck. That just about leaves Angola and Brazil as the significant Portuguese influenced wine importing countries. Over the years I must have spent 6 months in Portugal but never managed to get up to Oporto.

Apr 24, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Steak near Houston airport

IAH or Hobby? Either way, with 9 hours you can get to anywhere in Houston. I'm kind of partial to Del Friscos or III Forks but some folks like Pappas. And then Brennans does a pretty good steak too.

Apr 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Houston

Mystery over 1974 cocktail chart by US Forest Service found in National Archives

Looks like it is a demo produced by a plotter. Back in those days, Calcomp was the big name in plotters - before HP got into the plotter market (I had fun programming my HP plotter - also made money setting it up for a client) - and then we got printers that were adept at multicolor printing. Now, there's not much use for plotters unless you want REALLY BIG plots.

Apr 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

IVDP sets out strategy for divergent Douro -- Porto vs. Douro table wine

Zin - port gets shipped down the Douro river if I recall correctly. So would you please enlighten me as to what distinguishes Port from Douro wine? BTW Angola is a former Portuguese colony and that may explain why it is a large market for the (presumably cheaper) Douro wine. I would guess that Brazil imports more of the port as it is a wealthier country than Angola

Apr 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Vegas foodie adventure

So? Avoid those sandwiches - as long as the utensils don't touch both you are OK

Apr 16, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Vegas foodie adventure

Estatorio Milos in the Cosmopolitan has an excellent 3 course lunch special for $23. Greenberg's deli in NYNY is good value for kosher food. Charlie Palmer Steak in Mandalay Bay has a $48 dinner special that includes unlimited wine. Off strip you have Lotus of Siam on E Sahara that has possibly the best Thai food in the country for reasonable prices. There are loads of Asian places on Spring Mountain Blvd - there is a cluster of good places around the intersection with Jones.

Apr 16, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Strong tongs with silicon grippy thingies

I got these Rachael Ray tongs to review - pretty handy IMHO http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008PRFR3A/r... heat resistant to 500 degrees F and have handy notches so you can rest them on the side of your pan

Apr 11, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Fine dining off the strip?

Is the Barrymore at the Royal on Convention Center Drive. LOL. Ken Uston used to call it the Royal Toilet. It sounds like a great restaurant though. I haven't spent much time on Convention Center Drive since they demolished the Landmark.

Apr 06, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas
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Authentic Szechuan/Xi'An Style Hot Pot

It's a shame that Shaanxi gourmet closed down - would have been perfect for you

Apr 06, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

The Good...The B&Bad...and the Very Good.....My Reviews

Not as silly as your complaining about my post

Apr 06, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

The Good...The B&Bad...and the Very Good.....My Reviews

Oh I forgot! Only the East Coast has good restaurants. How silly of me.

Apr 06, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Is there anyway to tell when an egg has 2 yolks?

Don't double yolk eggs usually have a slightly elongated shell and even have a slight crease in the shell?

Apr 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Can't really argue with that - kinda makes you wonder why nobody out of 40 million people in California has already thought of that.

Apr 04, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Whatever you call it - the smart farmers are selling their water back to the cities. No need to boycott almonds or otherwise meddle in California's business - and I hope that Californians won't meddle in my state's business.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Sigh - it's not a subsidy - it's an old old deal - akin to property rights. (If the government allows you to live in your own house is that a subsidy because you don't have to pay rent?) Now the old old deal may have been shortsighted . . . Even so, the folks of California should be able to sort their own problems out by themselves. As an example of this already happening, some farmers are selling their water to residential areas for the aforementioned $700/acre ft. Whether you call the farmers' water subsidized or not, the smart farmers will start selling their water back. Much better to leave California alone to sort this out than to have outsiders fussing around and getting it wrong.

Apr 04, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Er - yes these plants use energy. So what? Few things are free. If you are short of fresh water, you use energy to get yourself some.

Apr 04, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Nothing complicated about it. Take seawater and desalinate it. use the water and then allow it to flow back to the sea one way or another. Return the desalination salts to the ocean where effectively the returned salts and water meet up again. Only people with vested interests would call it complicated - lawyers and other people with agendas.

Apr 04, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

The Good...The B&Bad...and the Very Good.....My Reviews

Ah but the Heineken at Carnevino has been blessed by Mario Batali and qualifies as holy water - I mean holy beer

Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

I know Chinese cooking is famous for never throwing anything away - so what do they do with banana peel? My bet is they find a way to convert it into egg roll wrappers.

Apr 02, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Kitchen shears or scissors you recommend?

I've been using these for all kinds of jobs http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Multi-P...

Haven't used them on chicken bones but they cut through large quantities of heavy carpet easily so I don't think chicken will be a problem. They also have a handy little ceramic sharpener built in.

Apr 02, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

Bananacitis is not something that I would take a risk with - had it once - a repeat experience just does not apeel.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

But Las Vegas is a haven for the elusive double breasted poolside sunbather!

Mar 30, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

How is chlorine used? It is certainly in the waste product - as sodium chloride or salt. Doesn't matter whatever anyone reasonable would say - someone will wail and moan about removing salt from seawater and then putting that salt back in the ocean - as if that were the equivalent of exploding nuclear weapons.

Mar 30, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I have read the article in the Economist before - it only mentions federal agencies twice. The first was Obama announcing some kind of one time drought aid for farmers - whatever that means. The second concerned dividing up the water from the Colorado River - which I explicitly mentioned. Anything else?

Mar 30, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Your reply makes no sense. The farmers and the water are all in California and thus subject to California courts and the Governor's/legislators' edicts. The federal government does NOT subsidize water in California - all of those deals are internal to California. About the only issues external to the state are deals to carve up the Colorado River.

Mar 30, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

All I'm saying is return the salt to the ocean. Since water is a fluid, there really is not an issue of "increased local salinity". If it were an issue, simply dump the salt farther out to sea.

Mar 30, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics