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How have I never heard of ________?

You're missing part of the fun...grinding whole spices in a pestal and mortor adds to the cooking experience.

Apr 07, 2011
Mike In Concan in General Topics

What whole spices do you keep on hand?

Fennel seed, star anise, coriander seed, cumin seed, anise seed, various pepper corns, Szechhuan pepper corns and a big stone mortor and pestal

Apr 07, 2011
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What is needed to have a well stocked freezer?

Barley, Spelt berries, fish fillets, whole chicken, bone in chicken thighs, bag thighs, wings, bag shrimp, cut and packaged beef tender loin, hot dogs, pork ring sausage, pork short ribs, pork loin, Hatch chilis, corned beef brisket and at least one duck.

Apr 07, 2011
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How have I never heard of ________?

Red Pork Seasoning...it's exactly the same rub recipe for those BBQ pork spare ribs and the sliced pork pieces in Won Ton Soup. I purchase it from Import Foods online.

Mike

Apr 06, 2011
Mike In Concan in General Topics

Uvalde

OK, OK, there IS another place we frequent when in town called Golden Dragon. ..care to guess the cuisine? It has a good buffet that satisfies our Chinese cravings.

Uvalde is a huge Farm and Ranch area. There is also a lot of hunting in the fall. If you want to see the area Texan's want to live /retire; it's 20 miles north of Uvalde. It's the southern beginning of the Texas Hill Country. You'll start seeing the hills when traveling west on highway 90 if you look to the right (north). There are cafes in every little town in that area. It'll be worth the drive if you can get away from Uvalde.

Mike

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Hill Country Cafe
806 Main St, Kerrville, TX 78028

Apr 03, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Best place for trendy & fine dining in San Antonio?

We like Biga on the Banks for fine dining. It's on your end of the River Walk. We walk there from La Mansion Hotel.

Mike

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Biga on the Banks
203 S. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Apr 03, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Uvalde

Barbara,
We live in that area and not much to offer except Tex Mex which is all over town. There IS a funky little place (and I mean funky and little) in town called Live Oak Drive Thru. They serve some really good "weird for gringo's" Mexican dishes including gordita's which is like a BBQ pita thing. It's been featured on Bizarre Foods. Jack's Steakhouse is decent, too.

There is a good Mexican "joint" in Batesville (20 miles south of Uvalde) that we enjoy called Yomi's. She does a very nice job on everything (enchiladas and guacamole) and it's on your way to Laredo. Stay on this side of the border wherever you visit.

Mike

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Live Oak Drive Thru
128 S High St, Uvalde, TX 78801

Yomi's Restaurant
Highway 57, Batesville, TX 78829

Apr 03, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Good sushi in San Ton-ya

They are off the menu in most places.

I was in a sushi bar in Houston a few years back when the chef dropped one on my tray. Considering all of the raw stuff I had just devoured, I looked at it for a second or three then pitched it in the crusher. WOW, talk about a shrimp hit! There is a word for them but I forgot...try one next time.

Feb 09, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Good sushi in San Ton-ya

Have you ever seen the fried shrimp heads there?

Feb 09, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

San Antonio trip. Where to stay?

If you want to break up your trip a bit, there is a place west of San Antonio (Hill Country) that sits high on a hill overlooking the Frio River and Canyon. The view is wonderful, it's quiet and the accommodations are very nice.

www.friocabinrental.com

Jan 24, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Best Sushi in San Antonio?

DUH! I did not notice this was already a topic. Helpful information. Kinda new at this stuff...

Jan 21, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas

Good sushi in San Ton-ya

I know, I know...sushi in SA. There has to be one in San Antonio that another sushi lover would know about. I need to make a visit to the big city ( live out west) in the near future and would like to take a sushi novice (likes wasabi) with us to experience the real deal.

Any ideas out there?

Mike in Concan

Jan 20, 2011
Mike In Concan in Texas