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Birthday dinner in Savannah, GA (Catch: Vegetarian diners)

The AJC has a blog entry about Hugh Acheson's new place in Savannah, The Florence. I still need to read the whole thing, but it seems very positive.

Aug 19, 2014
ted in Southeast

Edge-Pro Apex pointers

I'm way overdue to work on my knives with the Edge Pro. I find that straight edge knives are the easiest to work on (like the CCK or a nakiri-style knife). I have more problems with tips and knives with significant belly/curvature.

I also have an easier time touching up my Japanese knives than I do re-sharpening the German ones. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the harder steel keeping its edge better and think I shouldn't have to work so hard on the softer German knives.

Aug 14, 2014
ted in Cookware

Birthday dinner in Savannah, GA (Catch: Vegetarian diners)

It's been a while since we ate there, but my wife and I really enjoyed Cha Bella. I'd bet they could do a vegetarian menu for you.

More recently, I ate solo and got ignored at the bar at The Distillery. Great beer selection, but the answer to "what's the shrimp-to-bread ratio in your po boy" shouldn't be "there's really a lot of shrimp in it" when you only put 5 shrimp in and it costs $14. I haven't been so incensed about lousy service in a restaurant (or tipped so poorly) in many years.

I also keep going back to the Butterhead Greens cafe for lunch. Love that place.

Aug 10, 2014
ted in Southeast

Buffalo Trace White Dog (New Make Whiskey)

Just thinking about it still makes me cringe. Instant hangover.

Aug 08, 2014
ted in Spirits
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Oyster Craze

Maybe it's a good thing you apparently live somewhere else. More Apalachicola oysters and Scott's hams for me. Yeehaw!

Aug 05, 2014
ted in General Topics
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"Gourmet" ice cubes

File under "optical illusion." ;-)

Aug 05, 2014
ted in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

So, what you're saying is that I need smaller glasses. Here comes the home glassware program.

Aug 04, 2014
ted in Spirits

"Gourmet" ice cubes

I'll admit to really enjoying a good cocktail out in a bar but also making snarky comments about which facet of the process folks will next find to obsess about.

So, I can't help but wonder how much the eventual Yeti (cooler) program will add to the cost. ;-)

I have one of the silicon trays that makes 2x2-ish cubes. I like the ice a lot, but I find that, by the time I'm ready for a drink with one, I'm not pouring the super-size serving seen in the photo above. I suspect that means I'm not taking full advantage of the surface area of my ice program.

Aug 03, 2014
ted in Spirits

Oyster Craze

On the initial query, I think that they ought to serve regional oysters in season. To me, that's in the winter for Apalachicola. Yes, you don't have that concern for cold water oysters from further north. But, as much as I've loved ones from Damariscotta, Hog Island, and many other places north of the Mason Dixon line, the cold-water snobbery isn't 100% earned in my view.

Jul 31, 2014
ted in General Topics

cake to the Westin, looks unimportant

I you wanted fancier, I'd get something from Alon's. Not sure about delivery, etc. In a pinch, there's always Publix.

Jul 31, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Vegetarian near Emory University

From Emory, my guess is that it's a 5-10 min cab ride to downtown Decatur. Once there, unless the weather is awful, you can walk everywhere.

I haven't been to Soul Vegetarian, but I've never heard good things about it. Cafe Sunflower is the only all-veg restaurant (besides Indian) that I've eaten at. And it isn't close.

It's more of an omnivorous city.

Jul 29, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Vegetarian near Emory University

You could try Bhojanic, which serves meat but also does vegetarian Indian. Or Chai Pani, which is a little further in downtown Decatur. There are lots of options in Decatur where they may not have a totally vegetarian menu but will have vegetarian options (thinking No 246, Victory Sandwich, Kimball House, etc). I don't know of any specifically vegan restaurants.

Jul 28, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Canadian Whisky

We were in Canada a couple weeks ago and stayed in Canmore and Jasper in Alberta. I ended up bringing back bottles of Lot 40 and Alberta Premium Dark Horse. I also brought back a pint of regular Alberta Premium to give to my Dad. Haven't gotten into any of it yet to give feedback.

Both came from a store in Jasper that happened to be where I was when I decided I needed to pick up stuff. I also saw Gibson's Finest (12 yr and 18 yr, IIRC), but decided I'd rather have 2 bottles for roughly the same money as either of those. The shop was Jasper Wines, I believe, and they also had a walk-in cooler with an amazing beer selection. I think some of the really exotic beers (Brew Dog, e.g.) and the whiskies had been there for a while, but I didn't see the Dark Horse, for example, in Canmore. They were a few dollars more than internet research indicated, but not a big deal if they really had sold out elsewhere already.

Jul 24, 2014
ted in Spirits

Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

Too bad I can't spell "izakaya" in a hurry. Yes, that's the place. I had a good conversation with a local chef who had just closed up on a Sun night. I was staying up around Fridley, so I was going places nearby.

The one really great meal I had was sitting at the bar at Butcher & the Boar one night.

Anyway, Atlanta has great options for Vietnamese and Korean food and really good options for other Asian cuisines. I'm tempted to say "this side of the Mississippi," but foodiebuddha's going to say I'm full of it regardless of what I say.

Jun 25, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

No worries. It was Vietnamese out near Medtronic HQ. What we have here is leaps and bounds better.

I did get to try the lone sake brewpub (in the country last I was checking) and liked that a lot with their ikakaya-ish menu.

Jun 24, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Quick Suggestions - Buckhead or along the red line - tonight!

You could do St Cecelia or Tomo (sushi) nearby. Seven Lamps might also fit. It's not too far of a cab ride to Holeman & Finch or Lusca (which we recently tried for the first time and really enjoyed).

Hector Santiago did the menu at least for a bar in Buckhead. We tried it once, but it was more of an old-school Buckhead bar/meat market scene. I Murtaugh out on that these days. The food was decent but pricey compared to what he had with his sandwich shop.

I've only been to MSP once, and the Asian food I had was kinda lousy. So, you could also grab a cab and head to Buford Hwy for some excellent Vietnamese at Nam Phuong or Dai Loi. The former being a little fancier.

I'd try any of those over my Top Chef suggestions (a Hector-curated menu at a fratboy bar, or going to Blais' inspired Flip Burger Boutique at Roswell and Piedmont).

Jun 24, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Thanks! It was funny- I cooked 4 steaks, and I had 3 temperature sensors. Two from my Maverick and one from the (fancy) grill. My nephew was watching me cook them and asked about what temperature I was shooting for. My answer- "depends on which of these thermometers I believe." They all were reading different temperatures, even though I think the steaks were reasonably close. One of the Mavericks read a solid 140F the whole time, so I just ignored it.

Sometimes, even I get lucky.

Jun 19, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Thanks! Like I said, maybe a little more charred on the outside than I ideally wanted. Tasty, nonetheless.

I thought about trying a reverse sear. That's still a technique I don't entirely get. Since it was a special occasion, I decided to stick to what I knew how to do.

Jun 17, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Shout out to all BBQ geniuses -- BBQ Boneless Rib Steak - I need help for Fathers Day

Little late here, but I did ribeyes over the weekend, too. I had lust in my heart for the prime grade ones at Costco, but I ended up getting a whole choice ribeye at RD for about the same cost as 4 of the prime steaks. I now have several in the freezer for later. That wasn't 100% intentional- two of the big eaters were no-shows for dinner.

I cut mine about 1.5 inches thick, which I think worked out to ~25 oz each. Needless to say (hopefully), we shared.

I just did kosher salt and pepper and a little grapeseed oil. Cooked on the gas grill (not my preference, as I was cooking at my FIL's house; I'd have done charcoal). Cooked for 5 to 6 minutes a side, then moved to the unlit side and continued to 125F internal.

There was a lot of flareup from searing them, and I'd go for less blackened in the future (less time or less heat). Otherwise, the steak really hit the spot. Looking forward to leftovers in a salad this evening.

Jun 16, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Texas Sausage - concept & recipes

The times I've had sausage in TX, it makes me think of kielbasa. Not tons of spices.

Unfortunately, some of the Q places here in ATL smoke Italian sausage, and that really chaps my hide.

Jun 11, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Soft shell crabs?

Not sure if Bob's talking about YDFM, but that's where I'd look.

Jun 11, 2014
ted in Atlanta

What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

I really enjoy the St George gin and absinthe (not a big vodka drinker). That said, I don't think the Breaking & Entering (B&E) bourbon is worth it compared to my usual major distillery bourbons. Visiting the distillery in Alameda was way cool (and quite a pilgrimage for me, as it involved many miles of walking that day).

The Charred Oak bourbon is maybe OK as a mixer.

Buffalo Trace's white dog gives me a headache just by looking at it.

Jun 01, 2014
ted in Spirits
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Anybody down for Mexican????

Awesome. Rick Bayless = Gringo Mex.

I always think of refritos as the classic Tex Mex menu item. That said, I was in TX before the Memorial Day holiday and had them in a breakfast taco (with eggs, potato, and chorizo) one morning. Also had some really good grilled corn with chimichurri butter.

Jun 01, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Sriracha or sriracha or...Cha!

I just saw the Trader Joe's house brand there, as well as a Badia version at Publix in the Latin section.

So, uh, what does this specifically have to do with Atlanta?

Jun 01, 2014
ted in General Topics
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The Best Burgers in Atlanta??? via Zagat.com

That's tough. There are several I haven't had. I really enjoy the burger at Bocado, Farm Burger, and Grindhouse (to varying degrees depending on the visit).

May 26, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Cobb Gallaria recs

Blade is a hoot- I haven't been in a few years. Lots of fun.

I may be wrong, but I think you'll have to go to Buford Hwy for good Vietnamese. Lee's Bakery and Nam Phuong are where we've been going lately, but there are places closer to 285 too. Pho Bac comes to mind for a little closer.

Not sure what kind of pizza you're looking for- we have lots of Neopolitan style places, as well as your plain ole pizza. Double Zero Napoletana might be the closest, or the new Don Antonio in Buckhead. Both are a little fancier and get good reviews, but I haven't been yet. Otherwise, you're venturing much further into town.

Other stuff that's nearby- Heirloom Market for BBQ (I took my Dad when he came in town for Blade a few years ago). Tasty China for Szechuan. Muss & Turner's for just good high-end deli/sandwich. OK Café for Southern. And so on.

Have a great time! I've been on the fence about going but may still end up there.

May 26, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Boneless turkey breasts in a charcoal grill: How long? What temp?

The one thing to be wary of is that some of those breasts already have a good bit of salt in them. Check the label before going too crazy with the brine.

May 23, 2014
ted in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Old Southern Food

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area accesses are very nice up toward Roswell. We recently did a quick hike at Sope Creek and enjoyed it. Columns Drive is very popular and gets crowded on the weekend. I've never been to the World of Coke (too touristy). The Aquarium is very nice, but the one in Chattanooga is also pretty good (and also maybe more logically arranged).

May 16, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

Greenwood's used to not take reservations. Did that change?

May 15, 2014
ted in Atlanta

Old Southern Food

This is a joke, right?

May 14, 2014
ted in Atlanta
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