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HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

And again this week - sale started today. I'm down to one. Probably pick up two more. They can be made into anything. I did a bunch of Vietnamese pork dishes with the last one. Banh mi tacos, for example (was out of rolls) :-)

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1 day ago
sqwertz in Austin

Golden Corral

Heh. Sirloin Stockade. I Didn't think they still existed. First restaurant I ever ate at in Austin. Corner of Lamar and ... Koenig? Where the KFC is now in the parking lot of Randall's. Err, I mean Half Price Books and Goodwill ;-)

-sw

1 day ago
sqwertz in Austin

Golden Corral

By "parking in the grass" I assume you mean the Parmer/I35 location. I could never understand how that location was always so consistently packed. It must be that Far North Austin Culinary Mentality! <ducking> Other locations aren't like that. Heck, the one at Lamar near Rutland had to close down from lack of business.

-sw (a Southerner)

Dec 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Golden Corral

It's been a year since I've been there. You have to know what to get. The burger at lunch isn't bad, but the meatloaf sucks (too much bread filler). Salisbury steak is good, while the fried chicken can be really dry. The pre-made cesar salad is good, but most of the vegetables are way overcooked from sitting there all day. Nothing is fantastic. Keep your eyes out for items that just came out of the kitchen.

For the same price you can go to Buffet Palace right around the corner (from my nearest Golden Corral) and have a much better experience.

Dec 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

bulk bread yeast -- where?

Email HEB corporate and ask which local stores still carry the product you used to buy. I shop HEB's from Parmer to Slaughter and I can tell you their stock varies drastically between different stores. It doesn't seem like that long ago I've seen it on shelves.

You're probably not going to like this answer, but Restaurant Depot (membership only, but it's free with resale or non-profit tax form) carries 2-lbs of Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast for $6.32.

-sw

Dec 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

RIP: Hunan Lion at William Cannon and Manchaca. It's been there for at least ... 20 years? It must have really gone downhill because those long-established Chinese restaurants rarely shut down.

Hard Hat: "Jalapeno's" is taking it's place. Looks like they also have another location, but no website other than the lame Facebook presence.

Oh, and just in time for Christmas when the demand is high, a new snow cone trailer opened up in the parking lot of the Texaco at Monarch and Manchaca <shrug>

Dec 08, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

According to signage outside, Giovanni's Pizza Stand of Valero gas station fame from a few years ago (Barton Skyway at Lamar), has opened up another location inside the newly reopened Valero at Manchaca and Redd.

http://www.giovannispizzastand.com/

Dec 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

small dinner rolls?

Rhodes brand frozen dough balls. They are 1.25" round raw dough balls that you thaw and let rise to whatever size you want. Looks for orange packages in the frozen garlic bread/Texas toast section in 12 count or larger 36 count packages (usuauly on the bottom shelf at HEB - never saw them at Walmart).

Most HEB's sell Pepperidge Farm slider buns in the regular prefab bread aisle (top shelf).

Packaged like King Hawaiian rolls, this time of year every supermarket should be selling the par-baked square dinner rolls in the square foil pans, but they can be kinda dense.

Dec 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Giovanni's from the Barton Skyway/Lamar Vallero fame from a few years ago (pizza and pasta) has opened up another inside the recently reborn Vallero at Manchaca and Redd.

Dec 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

RIP VIII

I remember seeing it once then I forgot about it. Wasn't open long. Can't think of any other Chinese food in that area, though.

Dec 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

That whole stretch from I35 to ... heck - Lamar could use a bulldozer, including the underutilized county/state buildings and the sausage shop. House Pizzeria could do much better in a different location. I guess we could keep I&O and Quality Seafood. And Specs - of course! But get rid of practically everything else or at least make it look like less of a dump. Put in some small buildings in the unnecessary parking lots of Highland mall, too. This doesn't mean more fast food or high density housing above retail stores, either.

Dec 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

You should find that that bone (the shoulder blade) does extend into the meat but usually it's no more than 7-8% of the total roast by volume.

The small one I got 3 weeks ago was really fatty. About half of it was bacon consistency streaks of meat alternating with streaks of fat. Out of the 100 or so I've cooked, that was the weirdest one.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

So I gave them another shot. I got the 14 count package of kielbassa at HEB. Definitely fresher than what I had before. Not too salty or greasy, nice size grind, and good flavor. The skins are kinda tough so char them really good.

I used to be really into smoked sausages but the last few years I'm just kinda indifferent to them. So it's hard to get too excited over them. I'm using them in a grit casserole this morning with onion, red bell pepper, green onion, jalapeno, and sharp provolone and gruyere cheeses.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

It's a weekly ad item so they should be at all HEB's. And to think that was normal price 18-20 months ago. Three or so weeks ago they were on sale for $1.99 and I just HAD to get one. So now that they're $1.47/lb I had to get two (18lbs worth). One's in the freezer which I hate do with big roasts.

Just did all my Thanksgiving shopping and practically everything I needed was on sale. Really good price on small 1.5" white potatoes: 5lbs for $2.

Dinner is a 4lb chuck roast ($3.50/lb) in the crock pot.

Nov 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Something going on at the former Royal Burger Holiday House Six Napkins Stallion Grill Big Kahuna Burger location. Anybody know?

OK, so I did a little digging on the TCAD database and came up with a name, whihc led me to an Eater article that says former Aquarelle owner will be serving slow food there (which seems fitting since it's a slow location).

http://austin.eater.com/2014/6/19/620...

Nov 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

I ordered 4 of practically everything there once, and some of the sausages were frozen. Almost like they had been frozen too long and had dried out and had an odd texture. So that heavily affected my opinion of most of their sausages.

It's been 4 years since I've been there but don't expect a "store". There's a administrator type person in an office just inside the front door. Pick up an order sheet and check off what you want. Then they'll send somebody to the back to fill your order. Nothing is on display. At least not when I shopped there.

Nov 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

smokey denmark - what are the favorites?

I used to work near there and tried a bunch of their stuff. Wasn't too thrilled with any of it. The hot links were probably my favorite. Beware the 5lb tub of "chopped barbecue" contains more TVP than actual brisket.

They sell a few varieties at HEB now, too.

-sw

Nov 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Mi Rancho Market - Ben White @ First ST

The is the market that took over the old City Market location. It opened for a few days or weeks about 6-8 months ago then closed. Now it's open again the last few weeks and the parking lot is the most crowded I've ever seen. Good place for cheap vegetables and chiles. Worth stopping in to just get random stuff that is cheap and decent looking. It's bigger than most Mexican grocers.

Full size limes 20 for $1
Pineapples for $1
Red/Orange/Yellow capsicum peppers $.50/ea
Red onions $.33/lb ($1.38/lb at HEB)
Yellow and White onions $.33/lb. ($.89/lb at HEB)
Whole pigs head $7.99/ea (yeah baby!)
Cabeza de Res 1.39/lb (didn't think cow heads were legal here?)
Chicken hindquarters $.59/lb (in 10lb bags)
Red jalapanos $1lb
Poblanos $.50/lb
44lb bag of lump charcoal for under $16.

Also hard to find peppers such as manzano/rocotto, amarillo, chilaca, Italian, and a handful of others I didn't quite catch. All the usual assortments of dried peppers in bulk (as little or as much as you want).

Much of the produce isn't pristine fresh, but still serviceable for many uses. And the prices reflect that. The meat and general grocery selection is like any other you'd find at the typical carniceria - not the best looking beef, but cheaper than USDA Select at HEB. And the meat department understands English unlike most other carnicerias in town.

Includes taqueria, bakery/pastries, bolillos. No "discoteca" stuff (or was there?).

-sw

Nov 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Beef Jerky heaven

Oscar Mayer Bourbon flavored bacon jerky. And it's made in the USA. Unlike Jack Link.

-sw

Nov 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Who has Pumpkin desserts?

Sorry I can't help you. If I see pumpkin anything I run screaming. It's Pumpkin Madness Season and I will have absolutely no part of it! Pumpkin deodarant, pumpkin baby powder, pumpkin flavored condoms... and the worst: Pumpkin BEER (I just threw up in my mouth).

It seems to get worse every year. And I be glad when this is all over!

:-)

-sw

Nov 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

Back when this thread came up I was trying to remember the brand name of this chile oil sold at HEB. The one on the left is probably very similar to what you're looking for. This is the same Golden Wok restaurants in Austin (Techridge) and San Antonio.

The one on the right I've been seeing at HEB for a few years and finally broke down and bought a jar. It's very similar, except has a noticeable shrimp flavor. It's nothing like General Tso's sauces you'll find at American-style Chinese restaurants. I have a seen a Chinese customer at Hancock HEB buy four of these at a time on two occasions, so I just HAD to try it. Both of these came from HEB Hancock.

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-sw

Nov 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

where can I buy beef kidney suet

Fat from around the kidneys and the heart are considered the best fat in the cow. It's very white and fairly luscious. But I can't imagine a chilli recipe that would call for it in a quantity likely to make much of a difference in the final dish, over just using plain 'ol beef fat. The fat would not incorporate will with the rest of the dish and would just end up pooling, IMO.

-sw

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Cuban bread

'Cuban Sandwich Cafe' at Lamar and Rutland doubles as a Cuban bakery. They sell their in-house bread.

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

disposal of old Cuisinart FP

It's probably only about $1 worth of copper. Maybe half a pound or so.

Nov 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Public transportation works pretty well here in Austin. I use it all the time. But I'm used to hearing people who don't use it often complain about it. No matter how good the transportation system is in any city, people who rely on cars cars will complain about it. It seems to be human nature.

From the Bryker Woods area, though, no - public transportation is not a good option in that particular area. It's a big dead zone between Lamar and Mopaq (and beyond).

-sw

Oct 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

Lily's will put a whipped butter-mayo mixture on your sandwiches if you ask for it. It was a nice change of pace. It's what I use at home when I make banh mi.

Oct 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

MT Supermarket Prices

I got a styrofoam tray of peeled garlic there once and the garlic was nearly devoid of flavor. Then it started growing white mold on it a couple days later. That's the last time I buy anything but bulbs.

Oct 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

It used to be Cafe de Bella. Rumor is they got busted for running a gambling operation after hours. Looks like they changed their name to Ng BMT.

Oct 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

MT Supermarket Prices

It's kinda hard to tell some of the time since half the stuff in the aisles and the freezers don't have shelf prices on them.

They don't have many products in common with HEB, IMO. At least not what I buy there.

On produce I don't find them any more expensive than HEB on the produce they have in common (which isn't much). Green onions, shallots, napa cabbage, shitake are all cheaper at MT. And I don't really look at fresh meat and seafood prices there except for bone-in pork bellies which you can't find at any HEB.

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Bahn Mi at Dang

I miss the days of the $1.75 banh mi in San Jose, circa 1994 or so. I ate an average of 5.5 sandwiches a week from 5 different stores all within a half mile of each other (Huong Lan, Dakao, Lee's, Thanh Huong, and Cali Sandwiches)

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin