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Downtown Long Beach

My business is taking me to Long Beach. I'm staying at the Renaissance Hotel on Ocean Blvd. I won't have a car, and my research indicates that it takes the Blue Line an hour to get to LA. I didn't check local bus routes or tax fares, however.

I'm looking for some nice places to eat at least 3 dinners. (one dinner is being provided by the conference.) My per-diem allowance for meals is $71, though they will be taking at least $20 off on the days the conference feeds me breakfast and lunch. That means I'm looking for something in the range of $50 for Chow worthy food of almost any cuisine, but especially something that might be unique to California.

Also, any decent places for breakfast and lunch would be appreciated, too.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Mar 19, 2015
ConsApi in Los Angeles Area

One night in Santa Fe

Oh, and I should add that we may hang around Santa Fe the next morning to see some of the sights, and we would want to find a good place for lunch, either in the city, or on the road between Santa Fe and Taos.

Also, we're renting a house with a kitchen in Taos. What are the best food markets in the area? Especially those that stock local specialties, and such.

Jan 25, 2015
ConsApi in Southwest

One night in Santa Fe

I'm traveling with some friends to go skiing in Taos next weekend, and we are spending a night in Santa Fe before we drive north. We'll be staying near the Plaza downtown. I'm interested in southwestern cuisine, not too fancy (maybe a $15-20 or less price point for entrees.) Oh, and we'll be in Saturday night, but we're not sure when we'll be settled, so some place that doesn't require reservations would be best. We will have a car. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Jan 25, 2015
ConsApi in Southwest

Lunch near Baltimore City courthouse

I ended up doing the lunch buffet at Lumbini Restaurant 322 N. Charles St, I was actually looking for Maisy's, but it didn't seem open, and I did have to be back by a certain time. It was actually a pretty good Indian buffet, focused mostly on vegetarian stuff, but a couple of chicken dishes, too,

Lunch near Baltimore City courthouse

I have jury duty!

This means that as a reward for being bored to tears sitting and waiting for a trial lawyer to look me over and excuse me from serving on a jury, I will be given $15 in cash and a little over an hour during the middle of the day to prowl the streets in the vicinity of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse (roughly St. Paul and Lexington) in search of lunch. Usually when this happens my search ends up not finding anything good and quick. Sometimes, in fact, it just ends up a Harborplace. The fast food offerings leave something to be desired, but at least the view is nice.

But I would really like to find some decent lunch food. I'm not picky, as long is it's relatively cheap, fast, and not too messy. (I will be wearing a tie.)

My research on this board shows that the last long dicussion of downtown Baltimore lunch options was in 2002 or so. Maybe its time for an update. I'd appreciate it.

Portland -- alone and with the family

I would like some recommendations for dining in Portland, as I'll be heading there later in July.

The first suggestions I'd like are for a good chow-worthy place for the solo diner. Last year, I was in the Old Port on a Saturday night, not a particularly good time to get good service if you're by yourself. Some places will serve the full menu at the bar, which I've found can work well. As for cuisine, I'm up for anything as long as it's good quality, though local seafood would be nice, too. Also, I would like to know of good bars for cocktails and general hanging out with a more mature clientele.

I also need to find a new place for Sunday breakfast, as I'm getting sick of the Porthole. I mean, it's fine, and has atmosphere, but been there, done that. Any suggestions are appreciatec, especially any place that makes some good corned beef hash.

A week later, I'm driving down from camp to pick up my wife and daughter at the airport. I'll want to take them out to dinner before we drive back to camp. It's my wife's birthday. She's a pescitarian (no shellfish, though), gluten free (but corn doesn't agree with her). My daughter is pretty much open to most stuff. I'd like to keep the bill at $100 or less for the three of us. Good cooking, nice atmosphere, am I asking too much?


Jun 29, 2014
ConsApi in Northern New England

Barbecue sauce without ketchup?

Reporting back, here's what I did:

I took a can of kosher for Passover tomato sauce and a couple of spoonfuls of tomato paste and used one of the substitution recipes that were suggested and made a "ketchup" base. Then I continued with my Mom's recipe (more or less). It turned out OK, but the tomato sauce, for some reason, is made with celery, so there was a dstinct celery falvor that carried through that was a little weird and unexpected. But them , this is Passover, and the food always has it's own distinct flavor. It worked out quite well, I grilled a chicken one night and made steak another.

Many thanks for the suggestions and pointers.

Apr 26, 2014
ConsApi in Home Cooking

Trip rerport - Hilton Head and Savannah

Did this trip two years ago, but I tried a couple of new places this time and thought I'd update my observations. Two nights in Hilton Head for a conference and a night in Savannah before returning home.

The conference was at the Omni Oceanfron, and I must say that their catered stuff wasn't bad for Hotel catered stuff for conference groups: We had a happy hour with shrimp, crab dip, empanadas italian charcuterie, etc. very nice (of course the open wine bar helped.) The rubber chicken luncheon was actually nit too bad, and the desser, a key lime pie was pretty good, I also ate at the hotel restaurant one evening,, by the time we were done networking it was late, and nobody wanted to drive off site. I got a shrimp and grits appetizer and a lbleu cheese salad that didn't have the usual gloppy bleu cheese dressing, but rather a lighter oil and vinegar dressing with lots of fresh bleu cheese. The shrimp and grits were pretty good, too. I don't think it was a classic recipe, it was spicy, but good.

The next night we went to Roast Fish and Cornbread. It seems that they gave up their wine and beer license and the place was strictly BYOB. I wonder why they did that. I thought that losing a liquor license was a death knell for a restaurant, but the place seemed busy. I had the roast fish and cornbread, a nice founder with excellent collard greens and the signature sweet potato cornbread. Also, a key lime-blueberry mini pie that wasn't typical key lime pie, but very good.Also, we had excellent service that evening.

On the way to Savannah, I stopped by the Bluffton Barbecue for some smoked meat. Had the Pork with a Fork (don't tell my rabbi! Uh, don't tell him about the shrimp, either.) with collards (good, but not as good as Roast Fish and Cornbread) and pinto beans.

In Savannah, I went to the Olde Pink House. No dinner reservations for a single diner on Friday night, but they serve the full menu at the bars. I was pretty impressed, they have a whole corps of maitre d' to seat you, and even a despised single diner like me got a helpful host to take me to the bars and find a seat. The outside bar was jammed up, but he found a seat at the tavern in the basement for me. It was an OK space, but given the warm sunny weather, I would have preferred to outside bar. I thinlk it would be a good place to go an a chilly winter evening.

The bartender was very helpful, I think I lucked out on the service front for the whole trip. He comped me an extra bourbon (he claimed a Woodford Reserve special bottling for the Restaurant) and gave me a really generous pour of Armagnac after dinner. I think I gave the appropriaate extra tip. My meal started with a gazpacho, nice chnky veggies with just the right balance of sweet and sour that enhanced the vegetable flavour but didn't overwhelm. I had the grouper, very nicely cooked, but I'm not sure it was worth the somewhat higher price. This was well paired with a sauvignon blanc recommended by the bartender. For dessert, I had one of the best pecan pies I've ever tasted. They used pecans for the crust instead of regular pie crust. The geberous ice cream on the side may have been ver the top, though. Between that and the generous pour of Armagnac, I had to toddle around downtown Savannah for a ccou0ple of hours before I felt fit to get in my car and drive back to the hotel.

My other meals included the southern Fried chicken biscuit breakfast at McDonalds, which wasn't that bad, actually, and a surprisingly good sausage gravy and buscuit in the breakfast bar at the Comfort Inn.

Apr 26, 2014
ConsApi in Southeast

Barbecue sauce without ketchup?

I want to make some homemade barbecue sauce. The recipe I have from my mom is based on ketchup. Because I'm making this for Passover and don't want to spend $$$ on special kosher for Passover ketchup, I'm wondering if someone has a recipe using plain tomato sauce as a base.

Apr 13, 2014
ConsApi in Home Cooking

The Perfect Margarita?

I just made one this evening, to fool myself into thinking summer is around the corner instead of a major snowstorm that is heading our way. Here's my recipe:

1/2 oz lime juice (no fresh limes in season, used bottled juice)
1 oz Drillaud Orange Liqueur
1 1/2 oz San Matias Legado Reposado Tequila
1 squirt of agave nectar (sorry, I have a sweet tooth)

Shaken with a couple handfuls of ice, poured out into my special 12 oz tumbler, salted on the rim. It was good, but it didn't bring on summer. I followed up with some hot buttered rum, which seemed more appropriate for the weather,

Mar 02, 2014
ConsApi in Spirits

Canadian whisky for Manhattans?

I recently read an article about the Manhattan cocktail in which the author stated that if the bar you're in doesn't have rye, you could order it made with Canadian Club, and the result should be pretty reasonable, because apparently CC is made with a lot of rye. Now my only experience with Canadian Whisky (or should it be "whiskey?") comes from a plastic 375 ml flask of CC I purchased while on a trip. For cheap whisk(e)y it seemed OK. I guess it was a bit more like the Old Overholt Rye I use in my Manhattans than bourbon. Is this rye-like taste characteristic of Canadain whisk(e)ys, or are different brands made with different grains and thus hav different flavo(u)rs?

Mar 02, 2014
ConsApi in Spirits

Lunch off I-93: Concord or Manchester

Next Monday, I expect to be driving down I-93 on my way to Boston and being in Concord or Manchester at lunch time. Any suggestions for a good quick, inexpensive lunch without having to drive too far off the highway? Last year about the same time, I drove into downtown Concord, and it seemed like everything was shut down because of the state holiday.

Jan 13, 2014
ConsApi in Northern New England

Which is the "real" White Hook Cocktail?

After I started getting into making Manhattans, I started finding various variants. One is the "red Hook," which is Rye, Punt e mes (a red vermouth), Maraschino liqueur and bitters. Then I saw one for something called a "white hook," which was made with Bols Genever, dry vermouth, maraschino, and orange botters:


When I recently went to look up the recipe, if found that there's another version:


Th one is "white dog" (unaged corn whiskey), Punt e Mes, and maraschino with no bitters.

Because if recently bought a bottle of Dark Corners Moonshone during a recent trip to Greenville, SC, I was interested in white dog cocktails, so I tried both to compare. Of course, the were both good, but I'm curious, whoch is the "authentic" "White Hook?"

Dec 29, 2013
ConsApi in Spirits

Kosher beef cuts beside brisket

I had originally posted this on the Kosher board and was recommended that I also post here. Basically I'd like to make Texas style BBQ brisket without using brisket (If you've ever priced brisket at a kosher butcher shop, you'll know why I want to do this.) As background, for various ritual reasons, the cuts of beef sold by kosher butchers are all from the front half of the steer. So what I'm looking for is something from the forequarters that has enough fat so that when I stick it in the smoker for hours to cook it to tenderness, it won't get all dried out.

I'm interested in doing some kosher Q on my Weber grill in the backyard. I had some good results smoking a turkey, and not I want to try my hand at making the kind of good BBQ like you get in Texas. However, I recently priced a whole kosher brisket, and I'd rather not have to take out a loan just to have dinner, not to mention the fact that our 3 person family would take a long time to eat 10 lbs of meat.

I'd like to know if anyone has any experience using other beef cuts, I would think that a chuck roast might work well, especially if I talk the butcher into leaving the fat in so the meat can baste while it smokes, but I have some concern that it might be hard to carve into slices.

On a recent trip to Texas, someone served me a smoked "clod" roast (i.e. shoulder roast), which surprised me, as the cut is very lean and I would think it would get dried out if it sat in the smoker too long. I've used shoulder roasts for Maryland Pit Beef, but that's cooked rare and sliced thin, which it needs to be because the meat is sort of tough once it gets well done, but not stewed. This smoked clod, on the other hand was very well done, but not too tough and not dried out at all. I wonder how they did it.

Am I missing any other kosher cuts that might work out well on the BBQ that aren't as expensive (or large) as a whole brisket?

Thanks in advance,

Meat cuts for Kosher Q (BBQ)

I'm interested in doing some kosher Q on my Weber grill in the backyard. I had some good results smoking a turkey, and not I want to try my hand at making the kind of good BBQ like you get in Texas. However, I recently priced a whole kosher brisket, and I'd rather not have to take out a loan just to have dinner, not to mention the fact that our 3 person family would take a long time to eat 10 lbs of meat.

I'd like to know if anyone has any experience using other beef cuts, I would think that a chuck roast might work well, especially if I talk the butcher into leaving the fat in so the meat can baste while it smokes, but I have some concern that it might be hard to carve into slices.

On a recent trip to Texas, someone served me a smoked "clod" roast (i.e. shoulder roast), which surprised me, as the cut is very lean and I would think it would get dried out if it sat in the smoker too long. I've used shoulder roasts for Maryland Pit Beef, but that's cooked rare and sliced thin, which it needs to be because the meat is sort of tough once it gets well done, but not stewed. This smoked clod, on the other hand was very well done, but not too tough and not dried out at all. I wonder how they did it.

Am I missing any other kosher cuts that might work out well on the BBQ that aren't as expensive (or large) as a whole brisket?

Thanks in advance,

Oct 10, 2013
ConsApi in Kosher

North Side/Lincoln Park

I'm spending a weekend in Chicago staying at the Day's Inn on Diversey & Clark. I'm not familiar with the food situation in that end of the city Any recommendations for a good dinner? Any cuisine is fine, good cooking, and entrees under $20 (even under $15 if possible.)

I'm also looking for good places for lunch around Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center, and in the Loop. Again, looking for places of local distinction, not expensive (~$10 or less) and not a national chain.

Oct 10, 2013
ConsApi in Chicago Area

Lunch in Portland Old Port

I'm going to be in Portland with the family in a couple of days, and would like some suggestions for a good lunch near the Old Port area. Some of us don't eat meat, only fish, but not shellfish. Nothing too fancy or expensive or time consuming, maybe $15 per person tops.

Jul 20, 2013
ConsApi in Northern New England

Lobstah report- Rye Harbor NH, Farmington, ME, Rangeley, ME

Well, there are, although we mostly cook and eat in camp. (I picked up some swordfish steaks and cusk at the fishmarket on the docks in Portland, and we enjoyed some grilled fish and chowder for at least 2 meals.

We've been out one night. Went to the Tall Tales Tavern in Oquossoc. That as pretty good, had the fried clam taco (if you can imagine such a thing.) The fried clams were great, but they need to take a trip to Texas to get the taco part right. The tortilla was a semi toasted flour, I think I would have preferred soft corn, and some more pico de gallo instead of the remoulade. I've had some other great stuff there, they do a real nice salmon, a lobster pot pie, and, of course, lobsters and such. One of the better restaurants in the area.

Jul 20, 2013
ConsApi in Northern New England

Lobstah report- Rye Harbor NH, Farmington, ME, Rangeley, ME

When lunch time hit, I was on I-95 at Hamppton, NH, so I ducked off the highway and started driving along the coast, looking for a place that served the crustacean. At Rye Harbor, there was a sign that said "lobster," so I turned in and parked at the small free lot that said "30 minute parking only or you get towed." There's a pay lot ($5) adjacent. The lobster place was a small shack between other shacks where they sold tickets for whale watch cruises and at least one charter fishing boat. The establishment is kknnown as "Rye Harbor Lobsters." In addition to whole lobsters (steamed or live) they also do the usual: steamers, mussels, lobster rolls ((2 kinds, one with mayo, the other with butter&sherry). "Chix" lobsters were $4.5/lb, I ordered a 1 1/2 pounder at 5.95/lb, plus a pound of steamers. It was cooked up in about 10-15 minutes, and I ate at a lawn table set up in front, although there ate also more picnic tables right by the harbor, too. The bugs were soft-shells, I didn't need the nutrackers, even for the claws, very sweet meat and a reasonable amount. It was steamed nicely, not overcooked. A nice tasty experience with the expected New England seacoast ambiance, certainly better than trying to fight my way into one of the Portland lobster joints on a Saturday night. (Alas, Three Sons on the wharf in Portland has closed, so you're stuck with the real restaurants if you want lobster there.)

The next day, it was lunchtime, and I was in Farmington Maine. With no research, I did a random stop at a place called Boivin's Harvest House Restaurant, just west of town. Typical small town country fare, they grilled steaks and burgers, but the special was a lobster roll with fries and slaw for $17. That's what I ordered, and was pleased, indeed. I shelled out the extra $0.95 for sweet potato fries, which were some of the best I've ever had. The lobster roll was excellent, full of whole claws, dressed with lust a little mayo, the bun grilled properly. The slaw was also good, again, just enough mayo to give flavor, most places overdo the mayo.

Finally, having arrived in Rangeley, I was in town at lunch tine, and stopped off at the Pine Tree Frosty, which mostly sells ice cream, but has a grill. They too, had a lobster roll, which I decided to try. A bit smaller than Boivin's Harvey House, but a nice serving of lobster, and you could taste the butter on the grilled bun.

That's all for now. I think we'll be buyig the next batch live to cook at the camp.

Lunch -- Rockefeller center - Bloomingdales

My daughter (a 20-something) and I are visiting Manhattan tomorrow to see a few sites and do some shopping. Around lunchtime we should be somewhere between Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdales our plan is to go up 5th Av., maybe walk through Central park a bit, and head over to Bloomingdales.
Would appreciate some suggestions for a nice, but inexpensive (<$15 each) place to eat lunch. Any type of cuisine is OK, just looking for something unique and tasty.

Jun 21, 2013
ConsApi in Manhattan

Good local food near tourist locations

" but the same food would not generally survive in a restaurant, it is overpriced for what you get, and in bad weather it's just a lousy idea."

OK, you have a point with the "bad weather," but in a few weeks that won't be an issue. If the food is so bad, then why are the trucks successful enough to open brick& mortar restaurants? I eat at both kinds of places, the food trucks have good food and they're nit particularly overpriced for what you get. Sure, you can go to McDonalds and Subway and get cheaper. So what?

"Loeb's is low-grade stuff, I'd just as soon eat at the supermarket."

What supermarket do you shop at? I've been eating Jewish deli since I was a kid in New York, Philly, Baltimore, and Chicago, and Loebs is good. Sure, it's not the Mile End in Brooklyn, but then, the Pastrami sandwiches are less than $9.

"Also, I'd take Moby Dick straight up over Roti anyday. Especially their ground chicken kabob, which is an option hard to find elsewhere."

Yeah, but Moby Dick is way up Connecticut Ave, far from the tourist spots. And if you're going up there, I prefer the House of Kabob at 1829 M St. NW.

"Most people working in DC are stuck with a few bad options unless they want to take the time to sit down at a restaurant."

It's really not as bad as all the food snobs say, and eating at a real restaurant downtown will set you back at least 20 bucks for lunch. The food trucks and the more interesting carryouts will set you back $10, To go cheaper, it's national chains. All of the interesting neighborhood places are not near the tourist spots. That;s just the way it is. No need to be a foodie snob, there's plenty of decent stuff in downtown DC, it's just a bit expensive, as one might expect.

"For sale in Texas only" (?) lower end Texas wines

The terminology "For sale in Texas only" suggests that this is some sort of exclusive special product that you can't get anywhere else. What it actually means is that the wine is not fully a product of Texas, but may well be California plonk rebottled with the name of a Texas winery. Now, California plonk may be fine to have with spaghetti and meatballs, but why does the seller need to suggest that this is a Texas product?

I'm sorry, I spend my life having to put up with sales and marketing bullshit from the people who sell me the things I need to live my life. Is private business capable of telling the truth about the stuff they sell to us? You can see why at times I think a socialist revolution might be the only way to deal with these lying biznoids.

Mar 06, 2013
ConsApi in Wine

"For sale in Texas only" (?) lower end Texas wines

Thanks for the replies. It's clear this is similar to the "American Riesling" I once purchased from a West Virginia winery. I guess I shouldn't be too bent out of shape, as it's not like I paid extra for these wines, they were basically plonk, good plonk, but plonk nonetheless. But, still, why can't the private sector be honest about the stuff they sell? It's enough to turn one into a socialist!

Mar 06, 2013
ConsApi in Wine

Best Baltimore Pit Beef??

Charcoal Deli off York Road a bit north of Padonia.

Charcoal Griill, 8535 old Harford Road (near Perring Parkway Beltway exit, they also have good crab soup.)

Then there's Jake's on Falls Road,


Good local food near tourist locations

Going to downtown DC? try the food tucks! They're all over the place. I'm a DC office drone, and I've investigated many of the Food trucks. To find out where they're going to be on thesday that you're in an area, check out Food Truck Fiesta:


They tend to be loacted in the following locations:

Franklin Square (13th and K NW
)Farragut Saquare (17th and K NW), convenient to the White House
Metro Center (12th and G NW)
Union Station (Massachusetts Ave and N. Capitol St.)

I think they hang out in Foggy Bottom, and L'Enfant Plaza area, but that's too far from my office, I don't pay attention.

Some of my favorite trucks:

Sate truck
Ball or Nothing
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Sang on wheels (laotian)

There are lots of other good trucks, I can't eat at them all.

Then there's District Taco, Roti (a "Mediterranean" schwarma/kabab joint, numerous branches, Also Hill Country on 7th st. NW,is a reasonable facsimile of Texas BBQ. Also, G street Food, 1700 block of G st. NW (near the White House), good lunch and breakfast fare. Oh, and we shouldn't forget Loeb's NY Deli, at 1712 I st. NW, a real Jewish (but definitely non-kosher) deli. My favorite is a pastrami on pumpernickel with coleslaw and russian dressin and a Dr. Brown's Cel-ray tonic., but they have lot's more. It's as good as anything you'll find in New York.

Lots more, but this is just a sampling of wjere I find lunches when I'm to lazy to pact my own.

"For sale in Texas only" (?) lower end Texas wines

On a recent trip to Texas, I went to the supermarket to get a bottle of wine for the evening. When checking out the Texas-produced bottle (yes, they have a wine industry in Texas), I noticed that a couple of the lower end wines had a notice on the label that said "for sale in Texas only." This included a Chardonnay by Becker and a "red table wine" by Lost Maples. Both of these wines are perfectly good everyday wines, and their prices is under $8 a bottle. What I'd like to know is why these wines aren't sold outside of Texas. Is this some kind of weird state law or is it a marketing decision by the winery?

Mar 06, 2013
ConsApi in Wine

San Antonio Trip Report

I didn't see it when I passed through, perhaps it was closed due to the construction in Terminal A.

Mar 06, 2013
ConsApi in Texas

What??? No more Jewish Delis???

The only proper matzah ballrecipe can be found on the package of Manaschevitz matah meal:

1/2 cup matza meal
2 eggs
2 Tbsp oil
2 tsbp water of stock (or the chicken soup you;re going to serve with the matzah balls)

Beat the eggs with the oil. Add the matza meal and mix. Then add the stock and a pinch of salt. Let sit on the firdge for 15 minutes or so.

Boil a pot of slightly salted water. Moisten your hands and form balls from the mix approximately the size of a walnut and drop in the boiling water. They will sink and then float to the top. Cover the pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. I keep them in the hot water until ready to add to the soup,ut I suppose you could just dump them in the soup when they're cooked. When I use this recipes, they're always light and fluffy.

Mar 02, 2013
ConsApi in Food Media & News

What??? No more Jewish Delis???

Funny thing, Attman's opened a branch in Pikesville (the suburb where all the Jews in Baltimore went) in the 1980s, but couldn't maintain it. A corned beef or pastrami sandwich at Attman's costs about $7 (according to the web page). Out in Pikesville and Owings Mills, there's Miller's and Lenny's who sell corned beef and pastrami sandwiches for about $8. Lenny's has actually opened a place on Lombard Street in the ld neighbirhood near Attman's. Then there are the kosher places, but there'smore expensive by definition.

Mar 02, 2013
ConsApi in Food Media & News

San Antonio Trip Report

Thanks to all the hounds for your tips on the good or not so good places to eat. I just got home from my trip, and here is my report of my eating experience in the Lone Star State:

Breakfast: A Cliff Bar at BWI Airport with a cup of coffee. A hamentaschen in flight accompanied by Southwest Airlines coffee. No More needs to be said.

Lunch: Immediately after getting my heels, I hit the Taco Grage on Broadway. They were still recovering from the lunch rush, and the service was a bit slow, but still adequate. I got the carne guisada lunch plate. The "carne" seemed a little lighter incolor than beef, I hope it wasn't the "other white meat," but given what I eat, if the Lord hasn't struck me down me for eating forbidden foods by now, He shouldn't expect anything different. Anyway, it was tasty, but I think I need to start a discussion about how to distinguish carne guisada from chili con carne. The corn tortillas were great. And after 4 years, it was great to get back to real Tex Mex.

Dinner: I went to the Liberty Bar at their new location on South Alamo. It's a nice place,but I kinda miss the old spot, with building that looks like it's going to blow down in the next strong wind gust. I tried their "unique" minguchi appetizer, which was good, but a bit too much food for one person. I'm glad I ordered only one grilled quail. The quail was good, especially with the mole verde, but I was so filled up, I didn't enjoy the grilled tomato or grilled potato as much.

Breakfast: A greek yoghurt and a pumpkin empanada form HEB in my room. And the hotel coffee, which was horrible. When I got off work, I went to Central Market and got some fresh ground Turkish coffee for Israeli "botz," the on;y decent bagels I've ever found in San Antonio, cream cheese and a pack of nova salmon.

Lunch: Went to Rudy's off TX151 for BBQ. The vibe was good, as usual, with the open fire by the picnic tables a nice feature on the cool windy day, but the brisket seemed a bit dried out, even though I ordered "moist" and they gave me cuttings from the point.

Dinner: Acenar on the Riverwalk at Houston St. "Creative" Mexican and very nice. I had a ceviche appetizer and the duck chalupas, along with a Tuna Margarita. (That's a margarita made with prickly pear juice, not fish.) The strolling musicians were a nice touch, but the margaritas at $10.25 were a bit overpriced, though tasty. The fod items were more reasonably priced, and I'm going to try chlupas more often in the future when I hit Mexican joints.


Breakfast: Greek youghurt and a lox&bagel sandwich

Lunch: My colleagues took me to Casa Reale, a traditional Mexican place located in a half-dead shopping center off Ingram Road. The place didn't seem too busy, but the food was pretty good. I got chicken enchiladas in green sauce. Pretty good, and I ate too many tostadas, the salsa was that good.

Dinner: I knew the stereotypes about Texas are nonsense, so I had to try a vegetarian restaurant. I went to Green on Flores. I't not only vegetarian, it's kosher, too! So maybe I'll be forgiven for partaking of the "other white meat." I had the chicken fried "fake" with mashed potatoes and their signature kale salad. The fake steak was very well done breaded and fired and not greasy at all. I especially appreciated the use of a brown sauce. I know that's not traditional, but to me white sauce looks disgusting even when it tastes good.


Breakfast: greek yoghurt and a lox&bagel sandwich

Lunch: On the recommendation of my local colleagues, I tried the Saltgrass steakhouse near my hotel. It was actually one of the better steaks I've had in Texas, especially considering that the ribeye lunch portion was $17.95 and included a salad and mashed potatoes. The steak was cooked just right, though the cut was a little thinner than my preference.

Dinner: We were doing some field work south of town that evening and 8 PM rolled around and I still hadn't eaten. The nearest exit with food had the choice of a Whattaburger, a Burger King, and a Bill Miller BBQ. I decided to try the Bill Miller to see if it was a bad as a lot of people posting here seem to think. Well, though it was mass-market corporate food, it really wasn't all that bad, except the portions are kind of large. The brisket was vaguely smokey, and I wonder f this was accomplished out of a bottle and not by wood. The coleslaw and green beans were actually pretty good by any measure. They give you enough tea to ensure that you'll be looking for roadside restrooms every half hour for the rest of the evening.


Breakfast: I went to Regio Cafe on McCullogh for a Mexican breakfast. I got the green chilaquiles with the over easy egg, but with corn tortillas. Was my first time for chilaquiles, but it won't be my last.

Lunch: I had a 1:55 flight, so I checked in to the airport before eating lunch because I didn't want to cut it too close, and figured I could pick up something at the airport. Well, I was flabbergasted that at the San Antonio Airport you can't get tacos or BBQ. The alternative seemed to be fried chicken fingers, Italian, Mc Donalds, and some sort of sports pub. There was also a wine bar called Vin Volo, which is where I decided to stop because the seats looked more comfortable than those at the gate, and I'm a white knuckle flier, so the prospect of some vino seemed like a good way to self-medicate. And it worked. I had 2 glasses of a Spanish red, at $7 one of the cheaper on the menu, and it was a pretty good wine. I also had a half portion of penne in cheese sauce to slow the adsorption of the alcohol, so I could keep my relaxed state until at least the plane cleared the bumps after take-off.

Dinner: At home. My wife made some nice baked chicken. It was good to be home.

Mar 02, 2013
ConsApi in Texas