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Watermelon Cucumbers/Mexican Sour Gherkins

OK, my turn. Has anybody seen these little thumbnail sized cucumbers for sale anywhere in Austin? They look like tiny watermelons.

http://insidestorey.blogspot.com/2011...

And

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melothri...

-sw

Jul 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

Whitelisting "Adobe Tag Manager" in the Ghostery add-on seems to solve the problem. Thanks for the link.

Jul 27, 2014
sqwertz in Site Talk
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An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

When I click on any of the Discussion, Q&A, etc.. it doesn't do anything. I see that works in Internet Explorer, but I'm using Firefox.

Thanks for the link, Melanie. I'll check it out now.

-sw

Jul 27, 2014
sqwertz in Site Talk

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

There's no way to start a new topic/discussion! I've looked all over my screen. The most obvious thing I see is "+ POST", but that element is not clickable.

Duh.

So I have no other option except to reply to an existing thread. Like THIS one.

Somebody needs to fix that.

-sw

Jul 27, 2014
sqwertz in Site Talk

Monday Blues - Shut Out Twice

The bun.

Jul 24, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

It's kinda amazing you can by a stone-baked pizza from Italy at HEB for about $6.50 :-) It's not quite Backspace, but it's about 1/10th the price whne you figure in parking and whatnot.

Jul 19, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I admit to doctoring them up a bit with a little extra good quality cheese, maybe some salumi, but not much. The crusts are awesome. I'm picky about my crusts.

Jul 17, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Hill Country Fare microwave popcorn is the most tender popcorn I have ever had - it's practically hullless. Currently eating the 'Movie Theater Butter'.

HEB regular and diet Mango flavored Green Tea.

HEB Bravo Laundry detergent. As good as any major name brand at 30% less.

Central Market frozen wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas imported from Italy.

(To be continued)

Jul 17, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Need some ingredients

I was just guessing on the canolli. I didn't see the other responses mentioning cannoli until just now :-)

Note that nutmeg oil may be "behind the counter" since it's a recreational drug.

Jul 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Taco Cabana

The "Why?" part was sarcasm. One of Murphy's Laws says that as soon as you discover a good restaurant or business that has been there almost forever, that it will close down shortly.

Jul 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Taco Cabana

Enjoy those tacos while you can because it's going bye-bye. Why? Because you just mentioned them.

Jul 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Need some ingredients

Central Market south had citron a few weeks ago. And I've seen Bhuda's hands up at the north store. Check the cosmetic/health section for nutmeg oil. Impastata? never heard of it.

Sounds like a lot of effort for cannoli.

Jul 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bravo filming "Best New Resaurant" in Austin

Just a friendly PSA.

It'll be interesting to see the list of restaurants they'll be filming and speculate about the politics behind those decisions, but that's where my interest stops.

Jul 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

Propylene glycol, like many food additives, is used to help extend shelf life. In breads it helps maintain a perception of freshness (doesn't evaporate like water). It's also used in popsicles and other frozen ice products for its antifreeze properties. Also as a solvent for suspending artificial and natural flavors.

Jul 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bravo filming "Best New Resaurant" in Austin

Be a part of yet another reality TV cooking show and get a free meal:

http://austin.culturemap.com/news/res...

-sw

Jul 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Sandwiching the cheese inside would be preferable to mixing it in with the beef. That way you're not burning blue cheese when your sear the burger. Half the blue cheese leaches out into the pan.

Jun 29, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I saw store-made Prime 1 Brisket Burgers today stuffed with some sort of "fajita" filling. They had a strip of green pepper on top of each burger to let you know they were not ordinary burgers. I have no idea which HEB had these as they passed through my hands very quickly during salvage food recovery at the food bank.

By "stuffed" I mean sandwiched between two patties, not with ingredients blended in like all the other Prime 1 burger varieties I see.

Jun 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Where to find a package of chewing tobacco? (to boil for spider repellent)

To keep this food related, MT Supermarket sells wads of dried tobacco in the dry spice/mixes section. And it's cheaper since it appeared to have bypassed the normal taxing authorities - about 2.5 ounces for $1.89 or so. I have no idea what it's used for but I have it on good authority that you DO NOT want to try and smoke it!

Jun 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I'm not a big soda drinker, but the "Limited Edition" Watermelon Soda is tasty. No HFCS, only $.97 12-pack if you're on the HEB mailing list (otherwise $2.97). It took me *5* visits to finally find a 12-pack in stock, and even then I got the last one.

Jun 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I just saw that for the first time at HEB South First Street (the worst HEB in Austin). I was tempted. It was one of three different juices from the same manufacturer. How was it?

Jun 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Sometimes they'll have unadvertised sales on Prime1 strips and ribeyes at HEB's with fresh meat displays, but they're usually $9-$10 is about as low as they get. The prepackged single steaks of Prime1 practically never go on sale (they're individually labelled with prices)

Jun 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XI

Yet another food trailer park: Zilker Food Park opens July 1st (assuming they have tenants). Across from Peter Pan golf on Barton Springs/Lamar in the old KFC parking lot. Room for 10 tenants means there will be practically no parking.

Jun 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

copper river wild salmon going fast...

Costco usually has it the cheapest, $9/lb last year. Unfortunately I'm one of those nay-sayers that doesn't think CRS is all that. Everybody brags about it's fat content but all I've ever seen has been leaner than the farm-raised stuff.

Jun 24, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Ew, no. I can't eat stuff with texture like that. Pudding, jello, oatmeal, bananas, even durian. I get a physical gag reflex. If I can't chew it, I can't eat it! And not because I don't like the taste - I will choke down durian occasionally.

Why do you ask?

Jun 22, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XI

Sign up on Slaughter just outside Southpark Meadows in the vacant lot between I35 and Congress behind Vallero reads:

"Future Home of HEB".

Which will be really cool since sometimes I have to pick up stuff at Walmart against my will when I'm on that end of Slaughter.

Jun 22, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I consider it too expensive for me to buy without having tried it first (it's like $4.50(?) for an 11oz bottle). Do they serve it at the restaurant? Maybe I'll just slip in there and take a few swigs (no waiting!).

-sw

Jun 22, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Yes - the hot (picante) version rocks. It was the first Spanish choriso approved for import into the U.S. about 12(?) years ago and I've been buying a couple ropes a year ever since. The mild version is just nyeh - always get the picante!

Jun 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Clay flower pot grill/smoker

I made a smoker out of 16x20x16" chimney flue liners with a firebrick bottom and makeshift lid from an old charcoal grill. These flue liners are meant to withstand the heat better than simple terra cotta pots. In either case, the pots/tiles/liners must be DRY before you start any sort of fire in them, otherwise the water inside the clay will expand and crack the tiles.

Jun 20, 2014
sqwertz in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Burgers, po boys, curly fries, grilled sandwiches, Chicago dog, onion rings... they are all well executed IMO. Can't say I've had any fish items.

Jun 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

You can also get it cheap at Phonecia Bakery.

Jun 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin