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Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I just roast mine in the gas oven as close to the broiling burner as possible (gas oven). I buy the flattest ones possible and can fit about 8 room temperature peppers at time on the rack under the broiler. Flip after they blister and do the other side.

I do other piddly chores in the kitchen at the same time so I can keep a a close eye on them - don't overcook them!

-sw

about 17 hours ago
sqwertz in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

Looks like there is (was?) a Clementine Chile flavor as well. "Limited Time Only". I had mine about 3 weeks ago.

http://www.heb.com/sectionpage/primo-...

-sw

1 day ago
sqwertz in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

Central Market has a house brand Raspberry Chile soda. I forget whether it was their Organics line or the imported Italian soda, but it was decent. Could *barely* taste any heat but may be hotter to others. I liked because it wasn't overly sweet like a typical soda.

-sw

1 day ago
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

One good thing about this survey is that In-n-Out doesn't appear on the list. Yet Zagat rated In-n-Out #1 in L.A. Go figure. Just goes to show you these surveys don't mean crap.

Aug 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

http://www.zagat.com/best-burgers/aus...

No surprise that all these are the yuppie-trendy places. I haven't had burgers at most of them so I can't really comment other than to say that Casino el Camino and Roaring Fork didn't make the list (but probably should have).

I prefer to make my burgers at home. Last month's BotM, for example, was Australian grass fed beef topped with bacon wrapped cream-cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.

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Disgusting, eh?

-sw

Aug 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

Cheapest here is .69

Aug 25, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I roasted/peeled/seeded 8lbs the first day Central Market carried them (they were so new that nobody knew the PLU so they gave them to me for free) and I have almost used up the 4lbs that yielded. I'm eating them right now on a cheapo frozen pizza with added Comte and Mahon cheeses, boutique salami, pepperoni, shallot, and Hatch chiles.

Plus I just got another 7 or so pounds in the fridge waiting to roast. CM (and HEB) charges a ridiculous price for roasting as they're the only game on town - $2.48 - $2.78/lb. I've heard numerous reports that grocers in California only upcharge $.20 for pre-roasting.

The next batch of peppers I buy will be towards the end of the season (10 days?) when they start to turn orange/yellow/red - that's when they're 5x better than the greens.

-sw

Aug 24, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

The Worst Fish and Chips in Austin?

<Whoosh!> That's the sound of my point whizzing past the front of your face.

-sw

Aug 21, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

The Worst Fish and Chips in Austin?

<bitch & moan> Just start another thread so we don't have to scroll through 85 7-year old replies just to see the newest posts. Might not be able to do anything about people who aren't here anymore but at least we can make it a little more user friendly by not dredging up old threads. This is what pisses me off most about having to use Chowhound rather than any policies we can't control <moan & bitch>

ObF&C I miss H. Salt Esquire. I had to make my own last week.
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Aug 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

Looks like just the "Texas Hummus" isn't gluten free.

Aug 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Southside Market Lamb Ribs

If you're looking for someplace closer to try lamb ribs, Sam's BBQ has them. They call them mutton but they are technically lamb. I make lamb breast a lot at home. I like curing and slow cooking them, not necessarily in the smoker. They are awesome even without smoke.

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Do not expect yours to be without a *lot* of fat.

Aug 19, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Marinated anchovies?

I am a big fan of El Faro anchovy stuffed olives. I currently have an unopened 14oz can while I work my way through the 42oz can. I get them at Spec's who carries all three sizes. We had a thread on anchovy stuffed olives (ASO's) a year or three ago. But just to note - there nothing on the label that identifies these as *white* anchovies and the filling is not white.

If you want an introduction to them, you can also get Roland brand at World Market and Specs, Serpis at Central Market, and Goya at many HEB's. But after any of those you have to try El Faro as they're the best.

Aug 19, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Sichuan River

I was there at 2:30 (or so) and we were the only guests. The staff was sitting down eating at the back right table. If the cold bar was an option, she didn't mention it to us but I would have seriously considered it. I didn't go up and look at it, but I saw two serving carts - one for the big kettles of soups that were still active (she ladled some egg drop soup out of it for us). And the other just had deep wells of something - like the canisters you'd use for a salad bar. Is there a back, back dining room?

Aug 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Sichuan River

Went for a late lunch today and ordered the ChongQing MaLa Beef ($13.99) and the Dan Dan Noodles (6.50). Dan Dan noodles came first - udon-like noodles swimming in oily red broth topped with very finely minced fried meat of indeterminate species, green onions, and sparse baby napa cabbage leaves (no, no peanut or peanut butter here). Moderately hot but I found it a tad bland and needing a small shot of salt.

My MaLa Beef request came back from kitchen with a warning from the chef that it's pretty spicy (yeah, yeah, whatever). I was expecting something saucier as mala is the ubiquitous *sauce* used in or on everything, but this was simply about 2/3rd/lb of dry-fried low-quality beef covered in spices (had a slight livery taste). Decent flavor overall, 50% hotter than the noodle dish, but again - still kinda boring. Served on a bed of shredded bitter iceberg lettuce (no, "bitter lettuce" is not a Chinese vegetable).

She is a whimp and ordered several appetizers from the separate gringo menu, one of which was the crab rangoon/wontons which were sent back for being obnoxiously sweet like a fried cream-filled donut.

The menu suffers from lack of brief descriptions, let alone pictures. So either quiz your waitress or just roll the dice. I sure wish I would have ordered a different entree (such as their ChongDing Pickled Fish - which there IS a picture of on the Net).

(I took pictures with my cheap cell phone but my lens was dirty or steamy - Not worth posting)

-sw

Aug 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Marinated anchovies?

CM in the past has also had pre-packaged, refrigerated marinated anchovies wrapped around large capers and stuck on skewers in flat cryovac packs. I have some pictures of them someplace but seem to have misplaced them. Can't say I've seen them there recently, but I haven't looked closely at that section (under the cheese near sausage chubs and pickled stuff).

Aug 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Prime Brisket

Some of the HEB's (in Austin, at least) now distinguish between select, choice, and prime with prices to match. They used to charge the same price for all of them, but now that brisket is trendy they have different price points for each grade.

Hancock HEB has them them, for example. Look in SA for HEB's "Prime 1" brand and be prepared to pay about $5.47/lb. 7 years ago brisket was $.99-$1.28/lb. 5 years ago it was $1.78 (heck, even pork butt is now up to $2.97).

Aug 11, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Dallas Equivalent of JMBBQ or LABBQ?

I meant to say that was only one I knew of so far. A friend of mine posted pictures from there a few weeks ago and I recognized the quality :-)

-sw

Aug 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hopdoddy

More often then not in the summer there's a burn ban in city parks. The grilles at my local park are secured with heavy trash bags, so I assume a ban is currently in effect.

Aug 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Dallas Equivalent of JMBBQ or LABBQ?

Yes, another BBQ thread <sigh> But at least it's not about Austin!

Is there a Dallas/Plano/Preston equivalent of the style of beef coked by JM BBQ or LA BBQ (smoked hot and fast with peppery crust).

TIA,

-sw

Aug 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Beef jerky in austin or mail order

Central Market sells "bulk" pork and beef jerky in several unique flavors. At the south store the display is near the wine. Not familiar enough with the North store. I think it's made by Golden Island (they make that awesome Korean BBQ jerky for Costco), but their website seems to indicate that they may not be making nearly as many flavors as they used to. Either way, the stuff at CM is very good, IMO. You can buy just a couple bites and then come back for the ones you really like.

Aug 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Looking for grape leaves (or oak or mesquite) for old school pickles

Grape leaves are really unnecessary as long as you cut off 1-8"-1/4" of the blossom end of the pickle before pickling.

I'd make cucumber pickles more often if I could find fresh Kirby's for a decent price (CM charges almost about $2/lb). And while MT has them at half the price, they are always less than fresh.

Aug 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Well..... No comment!

Aug 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Sichuan River

Don't know where to start. I'm not nearly familiar with Sichuan food as I am Cantonese. Need more pictures! Or at least some brief descriptions.

-sw

Aug 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

I don't dine out nearly as much as the rest of you. I've got a pretty long list of places I *should* try.

Aug 04, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Sichuan River

Wish I would have known this today as we ate at CM Cafe. I have never been able to hit up any of the highly rated Sichuan places up north because they're so damned far away. Probably try this place Tuesday... Thanks for the heads up.

-sw

Aug 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

The Mexican Cookware post reminded me to look up the cookware store I keep seeing on South First Street. Turns out they just grand opened today.

Metier Cooks Supply

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

(I'm having trouble placing the "Lenoir's" restaurant next door even though I must pass it 20 times a month

)

-sw

Aug 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

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