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Food that makes you particularly sad?

sweet story.

Jan 02, 2010
pearlwhitson in General Topics

Food that makes you particularly sad?

I am so with you on those who salt without tasting first. My sister cannot pick up her fork until she has drizzled salt all over her plate. I would excuse it if she just tasted things first and gave it some thought. Now my nephew (her fourteen year old son) does it too.

Back in the day (1970s) the food reviewer for the St Louis Post Dispatch came to a fish restaurant I was serving at. He and his dinner partner carefully salted their trout almandine before tasting. I was only in my twenties and we all were quivering in our boots at what his review would say but clearly he was a fraud.

Jan 02, 2010
pearlwhitson in General Topics

[AUS] Good DimSum in Austin Area.

my careless error. kudos to those who guessed Shanghai. And I have been back multiple times and all is much better and more consistent.

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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
6718 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Jan 01, 2010
pearlwhitson in Austin

[AUS] Good DimSum in Austin Area.

Lordy, this is a sad post to read. Tien Hong is gone. So is Twin Dragon on North Lamar.
T&S is gross. Shanghai is ok and the ChinaTown on the outer road of MOPAC (Loop 1) is remarkable but quite spendy (worth every penny but still dear).

Dec 24, 2009
pearlwhitson in Austin

Gender Bending in Restaurant Restrooms

Why is this even a discussion? If you need to use the loo and there is one available, then void away. What in the world is the big deal?

Dec 24, 2009
pearlwhitson in Features

Italian Meatballs

I sigh when I read the comments that offer an extra serving of pomposity and condescension in response to submitting a nice recipe. I have noticed this tendency in the comment sections where ever they are provided. One can only wish that we all would try a little to be pleasant and gracious in offering alternative views or questions. Arugamama to all. I just made a batch of balls for the freezer using Marcella Hazan's recipe from the Essential's book. She uses an egg per pound of meat and nutmeg as the spice. Next time I will try these. Thank you.

Oct 08, 2009
pearlwhitson in Recipes

[AUS] Good DimSum in Austin Area.

Since the closing of our usual dim sum restaurant, Tien Hong, we were delighted to find dim sum relatively close to our house. Today several friends and I met to try the new place.

The front desk staff people were courteous and welcoming and our table of five were seated after only a short wait. The interior is pleasant, and I enjoyed all the light from your windows.

We ordered tea and water as we were seated. It seemed after several carts went by that this order had been forgotten. Finally I elected to get up from the table to catch another server and order these beverages that were then promptly delivered.

The various steamed dumplings (Hao Cao, Shiu Mai, Shrimp and Leek among these) were well made and delicious, although the shiu mai seemed carelessly formed. The sea bass in miso was quite delicious.

On the other hand the sticky rice in lotus leaf was wet like gravy and without flavor.

The jook/congee/rice soup was surprising to us for its thin consistency. Again, although we asked for this dish near the outset of our meal, I had to go up to the front desk and ask about placing an order. The flavor of the soup was fine at first but increasingly became overwhelmed by the amount of eggs. We were disappointed by the absence of crullers though we asked for all the toppings.

As we entered I saw the cart with the gailan (Chinese brocolli) and was delighted to know I would get to have this. Unfortunately, I never saw that cart again so we didn't get any greens.

I usually like to have a few fried dumplings but none were presented.
I am going back today to give them a second chance. Please please please be better.

Jan 25, 2009
pearlwhitson in Austin