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Going to Austin Saturday without reservations

It's been awhile since I went to Uchiko, but my friend and I showed up at 5 pm (opening time) without reservations and were given the choice of the bar or sushi counter. Guess which one we chose?

Yes, the counter was fabulous, watching the chefs prepare everything. We ordered off the Sake Social Hour menu as well as the regular menu and had a great time, and I'd recommend going at the earliest hour possible.

about 12 hours ago
tvchick in Austin

short visit to Austin from UK

I don't know if you're looking for something out of the ordinary in terms of cuts of meat and preparation. But here are two suggestions:

Dai Due: Here's a link to another thread started by a visitor who couldn't rave enough about the place (plus comments by a few who disagree):

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1000747

Salt & Time: A food professional who was in town earlier this year chose this place as one she wanted to visit.

http://saltandtime.com

Edited to add: If you are interested in really great American style Deli meats and can get to this location, try Melvin's:

http://melvinsdelicomfort.com/

I will stay out of the debates about BBQ and burgers. I'm sure someone else will give you their opinions.

Feb 24, 2015
tvchick in Austin

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

Thanks so much for the updates. That sandwich looks delicious; I may need to copy it!

Feb 23, 2015
tvchick in Home Cooking

Help doctoring "crab casserole" leftovers

How about stuffing or topping a fish fillet with it?

Feb 18, 2015
tvchick in Home Cooking

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

Your plans sound fabulous. I'd love having all of it and I haven't been in China for three months.

I'm sure that he'll be thrilled. Enjoy yourselves!

What's for Dinner? #348 -- The Valentine's Day Edition [through Feb 15, 2015]

I decided to rescue some lamb loin chops from my freezer (it was time) and let them bathe in olive oil, garlic and fresh rosemary for awhile. Roasted red potatoes and green beans w/bacon vinaigrette were the sides. A Malbec from Argentina is hitting the spot, and I bought the tiniest carton of B&J chocolate brownie ice cream for dessert, into which I will mash up some berries that need to be eaten.

Stay warm, everyone in the snow zone!

Thank You, Austin: A Few Notes on My Vacation Visit

Thanks so much for the report. It's great to get the views from a visitor--it helps when I need to make plans with my out-of-town friends. And I'm very happy that you had such a great time.

Feb 12, 2015
tvchick in Austin

Need help with restaurants in Austin, TX for Bachelorette weekend!

My nieces are in the same age range as your group and they love Moonshine. If some of your group aren't big eaters, they can order a main course to split and get an extra side dish for a minimal charge. I don't remember what the reservation policy is for groups, but they don't generally take them and it may be a wait without one.

Jan 29, 2015
tvchick in Austin

What's a traditional Christmas dinner in Naples like?

Wow, what a wonderful dinner and drool-inducing description. I love how the local purveyors knew what you liked, assisted in preparing traditional meals and made the entire experience so special.

Some day, I hope to travel to Italy for just such an experience. Thanks for the inspiration!

Dec 29, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

Houston for one night

Thanks for linking us to your report.

I hope to be in Houston next weekend and I really want to go to Caracol. It sounds great!

Dec 06, 2014
tvchick in Houston

Houston for one night

I've never been to Caracol but I enjoyed Hugo's very much.

http://caracol.net/

Have you considered Underbelly? It's not near Galleria but it wouldn't take long to get there.

http://underbellyhouston.com/

Nov 29, 2014
tvchick in Houston

What's up with Houston nachos?!?

As I read through this old thread, I thought immediately of Little Hipps and their version of nachos, the Shypoke Egg. That place was unique, to say the least, and as I was raised in a small town, my idea of cool when I attended college in SA during the mid-70s. Cheap Lone Star and Shypoke Eggs...ahhh, the memories!

Thanks, waderoberts!

Nov 29, 2014
tvchick in Houston

Mind of a Chef, Season 3

"I watched the first two episodes of Season 3, so far hosted by Edward Lee of Louisville, KY. The first showed his Brooklyn roots (including a segment with his mom) and today showed several TX chefs focusing on the "creole" food in Houston. Loved his interaction with Chris Shepperd of Underbelly and the inclusion of his Top Chef competitor Paul Qui. I always laugh when I see chefs order very spicy foods, then suffer through the dish, eating away!"

I posted this in the original thread of this series when it aired here about a month ago.

I think this season is far better than previous ones, and I really need to see the one about fire in Argentina.

Nov 23, 2014
tvchick in Food Media & News

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

While this recipe isn't on her website, it's on others:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

It comes from her new book, "A Homesick Texan's Family Table."

Nov 19, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #331 - the Pumpkin Carving Edition [through 10/26/14]

I had about 1/4 lb. of flat iron left over a few days ago and ate it barely out of the fridge with salad. It was delicious--I think that maybe it even tasted more "meaty."

Oct 21, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

Beast: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

That was a fabulous review. I became acquainted with Rayner from Top Chef, then read his book "The Man Who Ate the World." It was very entertaining and I highly recommend it.

New PBS series: The Mind of a Chef

I watched the first two episodes of Season 3, so far hosted by Edward Lee of Louisville, KY. The first showed his Brooklyn roots (including a segment with his mom) and today showed several TX chefs focusing on the "creole" food in Houston. Loved his interaction with Chris Shepperd of Underbelly and the inclusion of his Top Chef competitor Paul Qui. I always laugh when I see chefs order very spicy foods, then suffer through the dish, eating away!

Oct 11, 2014
tvchick in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

Tonight's dinner was an Emeril recipe for grilled shrimp with a creamy avocado-lime-cilantro dressing. It was quick, delicious and drop dead easy.

http://emerils.com/127531/grilled-shr...

Beverage was a Paloma made according to the recipe on this site. Very nice combo!

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

With brutal heat here today (and forecast for the next week), I resorted to pulling out a TJ's Korean BBQ flavored chicken sausage from the freezer, thawed and cooked on the stove top. I had some ciabatta bread that needed to be eaten, so I went with a Greek panzanella salad a la Ina Garten. Really nice way to eat without much actual cooking, which is what I'll be doing for the next month or two while we suffer in the heat.

Aug 08, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

San Antonio (Far North West)

Mark: I'm guessing that no one has responded because SA doesn't have much of what you described as preferences and your location is far away from most of the "food scene" in SA. You might want to look at this list from the local newspaper.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/food/rest...

Aug 05, 2014
tvchick in Texas

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Last night was pan-fried/roasted itty bitty lamb loin chops (seasoned with fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil), sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli. The best part was doing it almost all of it at the same time in the oven--and it was delicious.

Tonight will be leftover two itty bitty lamb loin chops with Ina Garten's Greek panzanella salad. It should be very tasty and I may open a bottle of Mulderbosch Rose.

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

That's interesting, Lambowner, about the Gaido's waitstaff. I wonder if these folks work on the cruise ships for some of the year then stay in Galveston during the off-season, making good money at Gaido's.

I recently found out that my cousin's son is running the FOH at the new Pelican Club. He has much experience at other restaurants but nothing like the new PC. Maybe I need to roadtrip to Galveston...after the summer, of course.

And FWIW, my mom was BOI. She got off the island as soon as she could, LOL!

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Although the grocery/market closed, I think that the Kitchen will do take out from what I can see on the website.

Jul 01, 2014
tvchick in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

It sounds like a fun trip, Barbara. I grew up in the area and don't return often, but I can make a few suggestions.

I recently went to a concert at CWM Pavillion, getting apps and drinks at Jasper's very nearby. If you decide to do that, I'd make a reservation as it fills up before events, from what I understand. An option for you might be Hubbell and Hudson's Kitchen, which we considered. It looks like they can do takeout that you could eat at the Pavillion. (I'd call them to confirm the policy about outside food--I think that it might be OK for a symphony concert.)

http://www.hubbellandhudson.com/kitch...

As far as Galveston is concerned, I want to warn you that it probably is a 90 minute+ drive from The Woodlands, and doing it on the Fourth of July might be even worse. I forgot how spread out geographically the greater Houston-Galveston area is, and that doesn't even factor in the traffic.

Have a great time...so nice of you to do this trip with your mother!

Jun 30, 2014
tvchick in Houston

Best way to cook fresh red snapper?

I like this one, especially the Mediterranean version.

www.foodandwine.com/recipes/grilled-w...

Jun 23, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

3 nights in Napa (foodie trip first wine secondary)

My sister's family went to Ehlers with an appointment arranged by a distributor. They enjoyed it then the Ehlers folks recommended a small winery behind them, up the road -- Allora. The family loved Allora so much that they joined the wine club and we were invited to their release party last October. The property was lovely, the wine was very nice and it made the trip.

Graduation party for 20 in May

We had a post-graduation ceremony lunch at Moonshine two years ago, when my niece finished her UT undergrad degree. Approximately the same size group, we had a semi-private room in the front of the building, ordered off the menu and got very good service for a large party on a very busy day at the restaurant. They also allowed us to bring in a cake, which my niece's friend insisted that they get from a local bakery.

http://moonshinegrill.com/

Mar 31, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

All the large HEB's have the Franklin's sauces, including espresso. They are with the other TX BBQ sauces like Salt Lick and Stubb's.

Mar 30, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

I'm making colcannon from a recipe on the Kerrygold website. My local grocery store has been featuring their cheeses and the recipe uses some Dubliner, which I just *had* to buy. Protein will be roasted salmon--maybe it will offset some of the zillion calories in the potato/butter/cheese extravaganza!

Saturday Lunch?Brunch

I haven't been there but a local food writer recommended El Monumento today during an NPR piece about outdoor dining. It's part of the Monument Café operation in Georgetown and there is a patio that overlooks the San Gabriel River.

Feb 27, 2014
tvchick in Austin