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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
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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

Food Trucks on TV and need "customers"

Does this show even have a name?

Oct 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

I didn't see your post before I suggested the extra ingredients. most chili oils don't have black beans and TOASTED sesame oil in them - which is why I though their version might be unique.

I can vouch for your recipe :-)

-sw

Oct 09, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Secret Tien Hong Chili Oil Source?

Is there anything different about their chile oil? Or does it look and taste like standard chile oil - chile flakes in red oil - just better? Might it be made with sesame oil and/or black beans?

Oct 09, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

Their green sauces do not contain avocado - it's mostly just jalapeno and corn oil. El Pollo Regio will sell you a 20oz drinking cup full of it for $3. Pollo Rico charges $2 for an inferior 10oz bottle (not the same stuff as in the stores - imported from Mexico and contains preservatives).

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

El Pollo Rico half chicken combo at Stassney/First was $1.75 more expensive than the William Cannon/Congress Pollo Regio.

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

The Pollo Regio (no "El" in the name any more) at William Cannon and Congress is a half chicken "Lunch Special" for $7.49+tax (also good at dinner). Unless that's changed in the last 3 weeks. It's always better to get 2 half chicken meals than a whole chicken combo that way you get more rice and beans for less - they serve the same size containers with a whole and half chicken.

H-E-B at William Cannon and I-35 sells a spatchcocked Mexican grilled chicken for $5, but every time I try and get one they're sold out and I'm told it will be 40+ minutes before they have any more. So I haven't tried them (4 times now!). Some of the other Third-world HEB's may have them, too (Rundberg, 7th and PV, etc...).

I don't find the chicken that outstanding and often dry. I go there for convenience and the awesome AYCE pickled onions, creamy jalapeno and creamy habanero sauces.

If I were to try and duplicate the chicken at home I'm sure I could better marinating a spatchcocked chicken with the various mojo criollo marinades (Goya and Badia brands) and then grilling it. The green sauce can be duplicated at home. I thought I had posted the recipe here, but let me know if that's what you're missing.

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

I just thought of anther important reason that nothing had that much flavor: No sear or crust on anything except the pork ribs. None of those crusty, caramelized meat juices known as the Maillard reaction. Everything was just lightly roasted on the outside with a grey/light-brown exterior. Which is, IMO, is a major fail when cooking red meats.

-sw

Oct 06, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

<boggle>

Oct 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

Don't know about Estancia, but the video on the FdC website hints at a wood grill, but nowhere does it say wood or [lump] charcoal is used. Even if they used lump I should have been able to taste it - especially on the well-done pork and beef ribs. But... nada.

Oct 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Which Churrascaria?

Mission accomplished at FdC. It was a good experience but I didn't find any of the meats really that great. None of it had much of a grilled flavor (they obviously use gas, not wood) and most of them suffered from either under or over-cooking. The pichana was the best and the most unusual item was the linguica that was very heavy on the oregano. But I think we got our money's worth, about $10/lb before tax and tip :-)

Oct 02, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Which Churrascaria?

I asked Fogo de Chao what the difference was between lunch and diner service and they said it was the same, just cheaper. So we're going to do the Power Lunch tomorrow at Fogo since we live South. So that will be about $40/bucks a head (+ parking).

Nowadays it's pretty easy to drop $40 on 2lbs of meat and a side at a BBQ trailer. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to eat 2lbs of meat so it's comparable to BBQ, but with linens, no lines, and A/C :-)

Oh, and don't discount the salad bar. There's meat up there, too!

-sw

Oct 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Which Churrascaria?

Estancia or Fogo de Chao?

Oct 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

The quintessential sour beers at WF Domain

The AusChron had an article about a sourmash brewery trying to open up in the ever-gentrifying near East side.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2...

-sw

Sep 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Brooklyn Pie Co.

It's been 3-4 years since I've been to Little Woodrow's Southpark but they used to have their own small pub-ish menu. The space that Brooklyn Pie now occupies almost seems like an afterthought - like it used to be the backroom of LW's. It's a tiny little alleyway inside the shop (was there a few weeks ago, still fairly new).

-sw

Sep 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Brooklyn Pie Co.

That makes 3 Brooklyn Pie's that are directly adjacent to a Little Woodrow's in Austin (Southpark Meadows and Parmer/McNeil are the the other two). A superficial web search doesn't show that they're related, but they must be.

Oh, I see. When you click on the menu for Little Woodrows, you get the menu for Brooklyn Pie. Ahhh-soooo!

-sw

Sep 19, 2014
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Bakery suppliers?

Just apply for a resale permit. Takes about two weeks. It's free, along with the Restaurant Depot membership. I was like a kid in a candy store my first visit. Except now I'm a man and prefer meat and cheese!

Sep 18, 2014
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RIP VIII

Outback Steakhouse on South Lamar (Target shopping center/Azul). And it's all my fault! Haven't been to one in 23 years. That leaves one left in Austin (yeah!). And judging by the crowd in Souper Salad next door on a Friday night, they're next to go.

Sep 15, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

Oh, c'mon - That was a lousy, half-assed picture. I posted it there just as proof of concept :-)

Sep 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Send me some pictures! (of things she's cleaned ;-)

-sw

Sep 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

Ya - right!

Sep 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

I think I only posted that on Facebook... Are you following "RFC on Facebook?". That was the first burger of the batch. I've made one since (with fried egg), and still have enough for one more :-)

-sw

Sep 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

Speaking of your pork and shrimp burger, I just made a burger out of leftover pork and shrimp potsticker filling with fried egg and sriracha mayo. Sorry - no picture. But I may make another one tomorrow for breakfast... (still have more filling)

Sep 05, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

I'm not into wordy blogs. I just post pictures to a flickr account:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/

But I do describe a lot of the things I make in the Facebook Cooking Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/recfo...

(Former austin.food participants may recognize that as Usenet's rec.food.cooking

)

-sw

Sep 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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Dai Due

I drink massive amounts of water, especially during the course of a 1.5 hour restaurant meal. At least 1.5 liters going on 2 liters. Having to pay for water would be a complete deal breaker for me. I never drink alcohol, wine, or soda with meals - just the nasty Austin tap water, with lots of ice (carbonated water is fine, too).

-sw

Sep 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Shakes from Fry's Electronics

When I go to Fry's it's to buy something of questionable quality or return something defective, and get out as quick as possible. I have never even considered buying food or drink there (except when they were a grocery Store in Sunnyvale, CA - went there often for lunch stuff).

Sep 01, 2014
sqwertz in Austin