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Rally for Hounds who will eat ANYthing.

Thank you for that reference--disturbing yet hilarious, I'll enjoy reading the rest of that guy's adventure. He's a brave soul. In my case the substance was partially disguised with sauce. On addressing this blasphemy to the dinner table the "food" can only be properly dealt with by politely swallowing and then getting up.

Aug 07, 2011
Dalton in General Topics

Rally for Hounds who will eat ANYthing.

I ate some sushi once. Won't do it again. I don't get the thrill in daring myself to eat "food" which, on it's face, seems repellant, though I'll watch someone else do it, like Andrew what's-his- name. Iron will over my gag reflex in the dentist chair is supremely thrashed by its highly tuned counterpart on food texture. I can handle taste, it's always the texture that does me in.

Aug 06, 2011
Dalton in General Topics

Rally for Hounds who will eat ANYthing.

I like them crunchy but it's the texture when soaked in a liquid that is disgusting. Please don't ask me to eat them that way. Can't get past it--sorry.

Aug 05, 2011
Dalton in General Topics

Rally for Hounds who will eat ANYthing.

I'm sure there are P L E N T Y of things I won't eat but in my rather limited experience it is chicharones in chili sauce. They say while visiting other cultures not to insult them by refusal to eat what they present, but, I tried and failed ashamedly. I still get the willies thinking about it.

Aug 05, 2011
Dalton in General Topics

Do Two Tortillas Make the Taco?

I like to lightly fry the tortilla, fold, and stack a bunch for filling. When done that way they are still soft but usually hold the filling well. Plus, if you are adding any shredded cheese, put it in the shell before your hot ingredient and that helps. Yeah, I know there is added fat but, boy, in my opinion tacos are so much better with the fried as opposed to the raw tortilla!

Jul 01, 2011
Dalton in Features

Beer to Wrestle With

I agree with Daederik--Hopslam is quite tasty. Recently I visited Wisconsin and found some truly awesome brews there that I cannot get here in Phoenix. Regarding Hopslam, that's probably best, at nearly $17.00 for a six pack I'd go broke! What I can get here is Oscar Blues, the brewer of Gordon and Dales Pale Ale, the latter of which is a my favorite, and in cans to boot.

Mar 04, 2010
Dalton in Features

Best Hangover Cure?

I'd like to append that reply. Just to refresh my memory on the topic I went and got myself a hangover. First of all, I find that lying in bed seems to enhance the feeling of hangover dread. Everyone who has said something about water is right. Water is good. Water opens the stuffy nasal passages so you can breathe, which supports what others have said about oxygen, plus, I don't know where to get an oxygen tank. Anyone who said that coffee is good, is wrong. Coffee SUCKS when you're hungover. Tea is good, and it helps you get water into your system in a more pleasant way--as Asians have known for centuries, warm water helps to reduce the effects of too much sake and tea makes warm water more palatable. Normal water is flat, and, again, coffee SUCKS with a hangover. Since I did not follow my own advice about the crackers and honey I'm going to go have a Bloody Mary and wait for 5 o'clock.

Jan 09, 2010
Dalton in Not About Food

Best Hangover Cure?

You might have a point about the sugar. I have found that a saltine cracker or two topped with honey just before bed helps and I think it may be that this cranks up the metabolism to burn off the alcohol while you sleep. But if do still feel lousy in the morning, spicy is the ticket. A bloody Mary--even a virgin--is great. Or, wait until the sun's past the yard arm and have yourself a cocktail. If all else fails, 5 PM usually gives me a new outlook.

Jan 08, 2010
Dalton in Not About Food

The Beer with the Green Label

I am not immune to the allure of the exotic (and not so exotic--tried a Schlitz lately?) I love the variety of craft brews I find everywhere. I try them often, not as often I am disappointed. Sierra Nevada is a staple at my house and has been for years. If you see a bottle of Hop Rod Rye or a Chimay in my shopping cart you'll probably notice the green labels in a six pack right next to it.

Dec 06, 2009
Dalton in Features

Potato Salad with Peas and Mint

I've been looking for a potato salad recipe for the dish I had at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. They served it with the lamb chops (overcooked btw) and it was absolutely the best I've had. Very oniony. I think it was a red bliss but I don't remember seeing any red in it. Anyone?

Jul 03, 2009
Dalton in Recipes

Mesquite Flour Explained [split from Boston]

Here's a supplier for those interested in ordering mesquite flour (they call it meal): http://kokopelliskitchen.com/

I have several mesquite trees in my front yard from which I collect massive amounts of the pods. The trees produce a new "harvest", which I call yard work, about four or five times a year. I have actually made a syrup from them and added it as an adjunct to a batch of home brew (that would get me in trouble in Germany). The result was, odd, leaving a sulfery aftertaste so I won't repeat it. Making the syrup was a long process involving twelve hours in a crock pot, cheese cloth, and several more hours on the stove cooking down for thickness.

Dec 23, 2008
Dalton in General Topics

Chub, a Scottish ale

POURED IT DOWN THE DRAIN !!!! That's alcohol abuse my friend. I do agree, that flavor might not be for everyone (but it's great with a good cigar). Try Dave's Pale Ale or Gordon, both from Oscar Blues. Really good micro brews. And you can take 'em on a backpack trip or to the river. (Sorry, this was meant for Chinon00, below)

Apr 25, 2008
Dalton in Beer

Dinner near Heard Museum in Phoenix

If you go to the Barrio Cafe you'll find upscale Mexican fair. Try the Puerco Pebil (slow cooked pork roast) tacos. The guac is good and unusual, with pomegranite seeds. The dining room is cozy, the bar, tiny, and the parking might be a challenge, but all very interesting and definitely worth the visit. In case you'd just like an inexpensive lunch you might try Juan's, at 16th Street and Thomas. It's a family operation that puts out the standard Mexican dishes we all know so well, such as my favorite, huevos rancheros or a very edible bean and cheese burrito smothered with that salsa (ask for some extra--hey, I said standard didn't I?) But if you want the best huevos rancheros you'll have to go to 7th Avenue and Maryland for Sylvia's (yummy, as they say). These are not walking distance to The Heard Museum but you're taking a cab anyway. If you do go to Sylvia's, take a peek at the other end of the complex for Hana Japanese Eatery (http://hanajapaneseeatery.com/lunch.php). Awesome little place but the last time I went there it was b.y.o.s(ake) since they have no license. But they don't mind a bit.

Mar 06, 2008
Dalton in Southwest