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Gin made with asparagus launched

I swear officer, I was just trying to get my five servings of vegetables in today ...

Aug 30, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Convenience store burrito

When I used to run a Quik Trip [QT] in Iowa City in the early-1990's, we had the exact burrito you described. Unfortunately, QT left Eastern Iowa and are now only in the Des Moines Metro area. Not sure if QT still offers them, but they are one of the best tasting cheap frozen C-Store burritos on the market. I think the brand was Butcher Boy, but don't quote me on it.

Aug 22, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains
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Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

In case someone else is on this route [especially I-88], get off at the Rock Falls, IL exit and try this place: http://candlelightinnrestaurant.com/

This is a local restaurant that is representative of the area's cuisine and it is solid with decent service [and eat in the bar if you want to save time]. The specialty is chicken george [and I recommend it tossed in a buffalo sauce]. The steaks are also solid.

Aug 22, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

I second Django's Poutine.

Aug 22, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

Although everyone is entitled to their opinion [and it is not my favorite place to eat], The Machine Shed isn't akin to eating at Denny's or IHOP: http://www.machineshed.com/chefs/

Aug 09, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Great Plains

unique Gin recs?

I second the Junipero!

Jul 25, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Templeton Rye Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Gains Traction

News of a settlement and another representation of Templeton Rye by one of the money men [in the article]: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/stor...

Jul 14, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Sam's Club Private Label Calle Azul Anejo Tequila

I haven't seen it in a few years. My brother and I bought out the last few cases left at our Sam's Club in Iowa when it dipped to $10/fifth. I am down to a few bottles ....

Jun 27, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Walmart steak,not that I would but has anyone tried? [Moved from General Chowhounding board]

Not all beef sold at Wal-Mart is choice, but the meat that is marked with the "choice" sticker there seems comparable to what most regional grocers sell in my area of the Upper Midwest.

Jun 25, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Chains

Best "cheap" gin?

My daily drinkers are Boodles and Bombay Original, whioh are both mid-range priced where I live. When I splurge, I enjoy Junipero.

Apr 03, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Best "cheap" gin?

A gin near the price range of Seagram's I found in Minnesota is Greenall's, which is a London Dry variety: http://www.greenallsgin.com/

I find it to be pretty straight forward with milder/traditional botanicals. Although, I find Seagram's to be perfectly acceptable, I cannot fully appreciate the saccharine orange taste of New Amsterdam Gin.

Apr 03, 2015
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits
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Bellingham: First (and last?) trip to Cliff House

I ate there about ten years ago and the only three things I remember about it was that the soup was memorable [and mine had dungeness crab meat in it], a solid wine list, and an even better view. I also remember that when my friends were driving there I was certain they were lost because the restaurant was located in a residential area [if I have the right place]. I also recall my entree being just OK, but overall went away with a positive impression. Do note that I am a Native Midwesterner that was living in West Texas at the time, so I may not have the palate you possess.

Dec 20, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Pacific Northwest

Suggest a soup (or side) for this menu.

Gazpacho [with any twist that ties the menu together]

Dec 18, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Home Cooking

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

My reheated steak gets thinly sliced and I grill some onions, peppers, etc. and make a sandwich.

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in General Topics

A tribute of sorts to A-1 steak sauce, perhaps the worst steak sauce ever.

We used to have several "inexpensive" steak houses/diners when I was growing up in 1970's Des Moines. They were generally run by Greek Immigrants and you always got an iceberg lettuce salad with one tomato wedge/one slice of cuke, a baked potato, a steak [generally sirloin], and a piece of Texas Toast for somewhere between $6-8. My go to if the steak wasn't adequately prepared [and some were BTW] was Heinz 57. There was something about A-1 as a kid that made me choose the latter. The only other thing I used Heinz 57 on as a kid was to tolerate beef liver that was served up by my mom once a month.

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in General Topics

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

14 hours minimum

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Los Angeles Area

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

Try cooking it whole once. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. In the alternative, I would agree with nosh.

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Los Angeles Area

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

I would try to avoid trimming or cutting if you lack a large enough pan. This is the perfect time of the year to buy a disposable turkey roasting pan that will accommodate the length, weight of your whole brisket. I also would want to cook through the stall more than 30 minutes.

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Los Angeles Area

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

Oven Technique: Get a turkey cooking bag and follow instructions for use. Use your favorite dry rub, spices and apply liberally. Add your favorite moisture [mine is Coca-Cola or apple cider for baking choice whole briskets]. Bake at 225F for 18-plus hours. Let cool for 30-45 minutes. Slice and enjoy. Low and slow always wins the race IMHO.

Dec 17, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Los Angeles Area

Limited Edition Tanqueray Old Tom Gin

I bought a bottle a few months ago. I cannot really find words to describe it fully as it is my first time with an old tom style gin. It has a clean, powerful kick and a nice mouth feel when consumed neat. It also plays well with citrus, tonic, and ginger beer. I do like it more than the TANQUERAY MALACCA I tried last year.

Dec 13, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits

Keurig Coffee Maker

So, over a flame made with wood, propane, or natural gas?

Dec 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Cookware

Keurig Coffee Maker

See the comments by Taos hereinabove [first paragraph, second sentence].

Dec 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Cookware

Applebee's or Chili's?

I think the drinks aren't great either, but at least Chili's attempts to offer better base booze.

Dec 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Chains

Applebee's or Chili's?

Chili's still serves chili.

Dec 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Chains

Keurig Coffee Maker

Outside of living in Hawaii, coffee isn't locally sourced. The energy wasted to bring coffee beans to the United States is large [let alone what is going on locally where it is produced]. Although I would readily concede that the plastic waste is terrible, there are other ways to use a Keurig machine without using the disposable plastic cups. And, most other coffee makers use as much [or more] electricity in brewing coffee and keeping it warm [in some cases].

P.S. I have reused the used plastic K-Cups to germinate seeds for my garden.

Dec 09, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Cookware

I'm nervous! Keeping oven on over night to make pulled pork

And keep in mind that this is one of the more forgiving meats ... and it sounds like you are otherwise on the right track. Enjoy!

Dec 06, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Home Cooking

I'm nervous! Keeping oven on over night to make pulled pork

I would go back to slow and low as well ...

Dec 06, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Home Cooking

Copper Moscow Mule mug?

Without dipping into the metal choices, my wife bought me 16 for Father's Day/Birthday for parties [and she bought the larger 24 ounce mugs] for making Gin Bucks. I like the larger size and I think they were made by Old Dutch.

Dec 05, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Spirits
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Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

The fact that your parents were celebrating an accomplishment of yours makes it a bit worse for me. I hope his behavior was isolated.

Dec 05, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Not About Food

Keurig Coffee Maker

I second the SF Bay K-Cup recommendation. I like the French Roast and the Fog Chaser. I just ordered a box of 80 on Amazon for $26 [or .325 a cup] with free shipping.

Dec 05, 2014
hawkeyeui93 in Cookware