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Galveston list

Oh! Why did they close just to reopen under another name?

Sep 10, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Galveston list

Meh out of all of them I would say Mosquito. But I would check out 901 postoffice. That is the name of the restaurant. Galveston has a lot of really good places but barely any great places IMO. We always enjoy Galveston for the little hole in the walls. For that we go to Gino's at the corner of 61st and Stuart. It's Italian. I would get pizza or stromboli. I love the eggplant parm as well. They also will deliver anywhere on the island. If you happen to have a beach front hotel... that can be very nice. :)

Sep 09, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

This is really interesting

Jul 25, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

I dunno, I kind of want to to stay away from the big empires. I'm more into the local legends and OMG this is just like my trip to (fill in the blank). You dont need a television show to convince you to try papas. But you might need a show to inspire you to hit up Hong Kong market. Still, def a Houston icon. I love papas myself I just don't know if its compelling enough for television.

Jul 25, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

I will have to try Gatlin's. I was just out in the heights trying a macaroni place. It was great but you can't eat that much macaroni without getting a little sick of the texture (and also feeling ill). I went to brother's taco shop today and it was excellent! Best 5 bucks I ever spent!

I kind of am beginning to think I need someone to show me around Asia town. What threads do you recommend?

If you find that twitter handle let me know. I am @chefforlife

Jul 25, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

Flores looks really interesting. Have to try there first. Houston Dairy Maids I am going to reach out to. I'll tell them you said hi!

Jul 23, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

Ive been to Hong Kong.99 ranch. The rest are Mexican Markets right?

Jul 23, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

You had me at the giant cup of espresso... fumbling to find shoes. GREAT FIND!!!!! I wish they had a bigger website. With pics.

Jul 23, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

Score!!! Food Trucks!

Jul 23, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

Wow! Awesome. Has anyone been to the new Houston food truck park? I heard they had to close to get more shade. Did they work all of that out yet? What are your favorite food trucks? I know I want to devote a little time to the food truck scene for sure.

Jul 23, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Houston Food 101

Hi! I'm putting together a pitch for a local show strictly on Houston food and the surrounding cities. I'm looking for chowhounds (or anyone) who can show me around or make suggestions on food trucks, ethnic hang outs, pubs, fish shacks, whatever!

Or maybe you are doing something really cool with food/farming/eating. I'm all over these great posts trying to hit as many places as possible and canvasing the neighborhood for stories that celebrate how outstanding, diverse, and world class Houston eats are... if you only know where to go.

Help me whittle down my list of potential places for a 3 to 6 episode pitch. If you were watching a late night local show what places would you expect to see? What places have you been curious about? What food neighborhoods do you brag about to your friends in other cities?? Where do you always take out of towners?? I can't wait to hear your suggestions! Thanks ahead of time.

-Sarah

Jul 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Houston

Pickled Hot Italian Peppers for Hoagies/Grinders

Im thinking the hot shots. I know my cherry peppers and pepperocinnis and that was not it. It did look like jalapenos, dark green, but i know jalapenos and they would have been easy for me to identify. What kind of vinegar?

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in General Topics

Pickled Hot Italian Peppers for Hoagies/Grinders

It wasnt really either of those, but it wasnt what I understand Giardiniera to be either. This was a homemade relish. No oil, just vinegar.

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in General Topics

Pickled Hot Italian Peppers for Hoagies/Grinders

thanks! can i move this post or do I have to copy paste and delete?

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in General Topics

Pickled Hot Italian Peppers for Hoagies/Grinders

I need a recipe for the pickled peppers inside Italian hoagies. I had a sandwich this past weekend that keeps appearing in my dreams and I want to make my own. I can't find a recipe that sounds authentic. This had pickled peppers, maybe a bit of tomato but not much, red pepper flakes. Not overly sweet just well balanced, and lit you on fire for a moment but quickly subsided. It was AMAZING. I'm in Texas and everyone says try pickling jalapenos but that was not what I had at all. I'm new so if this post is in the wrong place then my apologies. Still learning.

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in General Topics

Alba and Piedmont Report

RRems,

It seems that you use the Michelin guide a lot. I never really thought about it because it is in Italian (or the language of the country) only correct? My Italian is still "un po". Do you just rely on the symbols and skip the text? Or do you speak Italian?

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

@David- Well this book looks like the answer to all of my problems. ;) I foresee a lot of copies under our Christmas tree this year for family.

Rrems- I am glad to hear that about Venice. I was sure after a few restaurant names kept popping up on the trip advisor boards that they had to be on to something. I am off to read your other posts.

Allende- I appreciate the detail when describing the experience with your wife. I can be more forgiving of a dish that doesn't work in concept but is well executed then a dish that should work but is not created with integrity. ETA: My husband pouts either way!

Mar 20, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

Wow, amazing tips. I am aware of the acque alta phenomenon but I didnt know you could watch the full moon to avoid it.

To answer some questions I dont know when we will be back. I am falling in love with Italy and taking Italian which is becoming my favorite part of the day so I know we will be back. However, we are 29 and still pretty devoted to our careers. I can't wait to see Thailand, India, I actually have been working so much since school I haven't even been to Paris. This is the beginning of travel in our lives. But I want to make the most of it.

My goals are to relax and enjoy our time together . We never took a honeymoon because I was working in Scottsdale. We don't want to just sit around and do nothing though.

I am both excited and intimidated by the truffle talk! I am in the beginning of my serious study of world class ingredients and I had no idea there would be so much debate over which part of Italy has better truffles. I'm not in a place in my life where I could identify the location based on the flavor. I'm just thrilled to be going!

That being said I see no reason to not just jump right in and study truffles in the truffle heartland which so many of you claim is the Piedmont, and of course I have discussed Alba with other chefs.

@ David - This trip started as 10 days in Venice and then family members convinced us that was a terrible idea and encouraged us to drive through Tuscany. This is confusing to me because so many people online have said, "driving is expensive and kind of a pain when the trains are so fast and easy to use." I'm not even sure what driving through Tuscany would really be like. Can I book small vineyards to visit online before our trip? Where would we stay? Etc. My cousin took a trip with her photography people in college and said her favorite place was a farm in Tuscany where every single food item was made on sight. She talks about it nonstop but can't begin to tell me how I would go about finding and booking that type of experience.

I also want to make clear we have a window of opportunity from Sept- Nov to do this. I just said we could go in Nov bc of truffle dates.

As for the little food towns I just meant the most commonly known around the Bologna region such as Parma, Modena. I'm not attached to anything at this point. Just looking for a good, relaxing, introduction to Italy and it's food.

Mar 18, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

Really the only way it makes sense to go to Piemonte is to blow off Venice and Verona because we were going to rent a car in Florence and drive around the little food towns. Rome is basically the only thing he insists on doing and we will need 3 days there and will go back with our boys when they grow up and can understand the history. So the questions is do you recommend blowing off Venice for Piemonte? I hope I'm spelling that correctly. I could even push the trip further into November I guess.

Mar 17, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

Oh my goodness I didn't mean to start a civil war. This is so helpful though. I'm printing out your replies so I can study the places because honestly I've never heard of the smaller places you are talking about.

Also, on the trip advisor boards a lot of people mentioned that the "truffle festivals" were not what they expected... basically vendors trying to sell truffle products, truffle oil, etc. But not like a true cultural experience or capturing the spirit of Italy or the integrity of truffle season for the locals... more of a tourist trap. Have you had better experiences?

So now I feel like Venice its out and it breaks my heart. :(

Mar 17, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

Wow, I gotta say I'm surprised no one suggest emilia bologna!

Mar 14, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

I just cant decide where to go!

HI all,

Planning a trip to Italy in late October/Early November. Can only get away for 10 days. It originally was going to be just Venice but family is encouraging us to drive through Tuscany and now husband is thinking of starting the trip in Rome! I dont want to shuffle around the whole time. I'm a chef so I'm mostly interested in the food but he wants to see some of the "sites". I just want to eat a truffle in Italy! This is getting confusing. What would you do? What would you skip? How long would you stay in each place. I know we will be back but it could be awhile. What will be going on at that time besides truffle season?

Mar 14, 2013
DERECKSWIFEY in Italy

Where are the SA foodies getting their information?

What SA food blogs are you even reading? I dont know of anything besides SavorSa and I dont know if I consider that a blog. it's certainly not a personal blog.

Sep 08, 2011
DERECKSWIFEY in Texas

Where are the SA foodies getting their information?

Also Texas Pride Barbecue. It was fantastic the first time I went and I keep trying to take family there when they are in town and it's never been as good as that first time! And do they really have to put 3 movie size posters of Guy on every wall?!

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Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 E Loop 1604 S, Adkins, TX 78101

Sep 08, 2011
DERECKSWIFEY in Texas

Where are the SA foodies getting their information?

This is going to sound ridiculous but I have found several hot spots on DDD, and man vs. food. Especially when it's more about atmosphere then haute cuisine. I'd also warn you against a lot of the publications that rate restaurants. I've worked in several 4 and 5 star restaurants that didn't feel like they were getting enough press so they simple purchased a spot on so and so's top 10 list or "best of san antonio". I know several San Antonio fine dining options that have done just that. Do we have any SA food bloggers?! I went to a convention in Austin a year or so ago and the only local blogger I met was packing up for Pennsylvania and whined the entire day about San Antonio being behind the times food wise. She's a little right and a little wrong. Would be nice to read someone who is snapping pics nightly of SA eats.

Sep 05, 2011
DERECKSWIFEY in Texas