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FSU v. Oklahoma State (dinner recommendations)

Second Mesa. It's a great little place, and not far from Bishop Arts, a good neighborhood to explore before or after (chocolate, pie, shopping, etc.).

42 minutes ago
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Is this tacky?

A savvy choice of a 'simple item' to order ;) I think cooking a fried egg perfectly is quite challenging.

about 18 hours ago
foiegras in General Topics

Is this tacky?

I think it's all in the 'curation' of the prepared items (tee hee, that should send a few folks over the edge ;) I like to focus my attention on one or two items, like homemade entree and dessert. Sometimes I'll buy dessert--there are some TDF things to buy out there. And keep the rest simple ... simple preparations of good fresh produce.

I don't look a gift horse in the mouth ... but whether I enjoyed the meal or not might influence how I respond to a future invitation. If the meal wasn't enjoyable, I'd probably suggest going out or coming to my place instead. But I don't expect anyone to slave in the kitchen for me making every last thing from scratch.

about 19 hours ago
foiegras in General Topics
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Celebratory restaurants

Loved the oaked Chardonnay I had by the glass. I'm a supertaster, and oaked Chardonnay is my preferred wine with anything and everything, so ...

But we did have a wine expert at the table, and she was enthusiastic about a number of the selections.

It's an iPad menu just like Spoon.

about 19 hours ago
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Celebratory restaurants

So we went to Knife, and I just wanted to report back. Of course there was plenty of drama leading up to our visit ...

I felt the best thing I had was the sous vide beef cheek open face sandwich, which was quite good. In fact my dining companions started making fun of me when they saw what an excellent job I was doing cleaning my plate! It's very rich, so you'll want to have sides on hand ...

Sides ... the heirloom carrots were excellent. Avocado fries got mixed reviews. A minority loved them, majority could leave them. Onion rings were good, definitely worth ordering. Mac & cheese also good. Asparagus was thin but was still peeled all the way up to the tip, which was odd.

The foie gras items were no longer on the menu, so I ordered the crispy beef tongue on Leslie Brenner's recommendation. I wasn't really a fan. The preparation was different, but I found it uncompelling, and I believe it had a touch of five-spice ... some unusual spice I don't care for. The tomato and watercress salad it came with was nice. (Took the leftovers home for the dogs.)

Everyone who got the bacon tasting was happy with it. The bacon jam was good, but not the best (or most attractive) I've had. Tasted a 45-day aged steak, and it didn't taste aged at all to any of us. Consensus was that the truffled pasta was over-truffled ... it was overwhelming, I imagine due to truffle oil.

Several of us chose a biscuit from the circulating bread basket, and discovered someone had spilled the salt shaker in the dough. The kitchen was unaware of the problem (I suppose clearly, or they'd have already been tossed). When one of us mentioned it, it was still quite awhile before the bread guy came back to us, so a number of us were stuck. (Items like the bacon tasting come with bacon and bacon jam only. You're dependent on the bread guy for bread.) There is a little pretzel cross bun that's very charming. These were in short supply.

There was a scallop special (over fried green tomatoes) that was quite good. The yellowtail crudo was nothing to write home about (much better crudo at Belly & Trumpet).

For dessert, the dark chocolate was quite good, though it had multiple overly-gelatinous components. The pastry chef could lose about half his gelatin to good effect. They have decaf French press, which was excellent, very fragrant and delicious.

The service was nice, not as good as 560. We had two birthdays, and they made a point of recognizing them ... the chef came over to say happy birthday. However, I noted they did not comp my dessert.

Now for the interesting part ... toward the end of the meal when Chef Tesar came over to wish us happy birthday, one of my dining companions inquired how his week was (I wouldn't have asked), so we were treated to the speech. It included several references to Leslie Brenner being "a bad person" and the fact that he believes it's time for her to leave Dallas. He also said, "No offense, but you ladies can be a little aggressive ... and she takes it way beyond that."

He then made a point of acknowledging the men in the party, and thanking them for visiting the restaurant.

The consensus among the women at the table was that his statement about women was highly offensive. One commented that if she made the same statement about an entire race, no one would hesitate to call her a racist, and she was calling what we just heard sexist.

My own perspective is that everyone, and gender has nothing to do with it, is either aggressive or passive-aggressive. Me, I'd rather you bring it ... in my face, not behind my back.

I was feeling pretty good about my visit up to this point ... the conversation kind of forced me to confront whether I really want to be spending my money in support of this person.

I read the review and I felt it was a bit sloppy, half-hearted, and gratuitously nasty in spots. I don't think that makes Leslie Brenner a bad person. I don't think John Tesar is a bad person either ... but I sure don't like his attitude toward my 51% of the population. I chose the restaurant and I don't regret trying it ... but I don't know if I'll do it again. There have to be plenty of chefs in town who aren't beating a misogynistic drum.

about 23 hours ago
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

I never used a grater before

Shopping at Walmart may have been your first mistake ...

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Cookware
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Best Dallas restaurants

My food there has been good, but nothing really special ... the prices made it memorable. I remember the bartender being really nice to us.

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Have LOTS of produce - help!

I would definitely can the tomatoes. We had a huge garden, but never had excess corn! I'm about to make a corn salad ... corn pudding would use the eggs too. When I was little, I'd go out and pick the tomatoes, reserving the best half-dozen for my own lunch. Cut in half, salt, a glass of Dr Pepper ... a little bit of heaven.

My grandmother grew up on a farm, and the family tradition for using excess eggs is custard ... but it's for drinking. This recipe calls for a double boiler, which isn't really necessary, you just have to stay on top of it: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/southern...

Blueberries ... never enough! Pie, blueberry kuchen ...

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

I Goofed .. Soup Too Spicy

Hmm, wonder if the barley did it ...

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

I Goofed .. Soup Too Spicy

Sugar helps ... what about adding a potato? When I find I've made something too spicy, brown sugar mellows it back out.

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I don't know how many pounds of cherries I pitted with a bobby pin during my Michigan childhood, but it was quite a few :) Really works well.

I have a wooden juicer, and multiple glass juicers.

Jul 18, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I only have two things that plug in in the kitchen that I regularly use--a toaster and my KA stand mixer. Couple other things that stay in the cabinet.

Jul 17, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I too have never had one. The one we had when I was a little kid terrified me! I quite like the one I have now that leaves no sharp edges. I also buy the pull-top cans whenever I can (tomatoes, tuna).

Jul 17, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

I don't think anyone's saying he went to Franklin for security reasons. They're saying he didn't stand around Franklin for hours for security reasons.

Whoever's in the office, their hair generally goes gray pretty much immediately, and this president is no exception. Whoever's in the office, they should still be able to enjoy their life, whether it's jogging, golf, burgers, BBQ, horses, whatever it is. I view evidence that the person in one of the highest-pressure jobs on the planet remembers how to enjoy life as a very positive sign. (And I hate the word privilege with a purple passion. And find it ironic that it's being used in a discussion that is, after all, about BBQ--the people's food last I checked. Food you and I can have anytime we want without the planning that goes into a minor military operation.)

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

So the president should be certain to humbly eat the crappiest food at the least busy restaurant in every town he visits?

If I were anywhere nearby, I'd probably be at Franklin too. Personally I think it speaks well for him that he makes food a priority. Certainly there was other food he could have eaten--healthier food, more convenient food. But he wanted to eat the top-rated BBQ in Texas and perhaps the country, and what right-thinking person wouldn't? Our president appears to be a chowhound.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News
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Vegetarian dinner in Carrolton

Well, Babe's has vegetables ... ;)

How about Misto Bistro? They have multiple vegetarian entrée options.

I'd say First Chinese is a bit hard-core for middle-school kids (or anyone who isn't known to eat real ethnic food). The menu doesn't tell you, for example, when you should expect to receive tripe.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

You betcha.

White men wrote the book on entitlement. All previous presidents have been white. I have never heard this complaint before. Relationship between these factors? I find it entirely possible.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News
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Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

No doubt some would like him to use the service entrance. I find that flavor to a lot of the criticism of him in general.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News
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Is Any Cookware Safe/Lead, etc.-Free?

I don't use cookware that is a known hazard such as, in my opinion, Teflon. What I have is Le Creuset enameled cast iron, stainless steel, and Scanpan non-stick. All of it bought new by me.

However, none of us is getting out of here alive. I try to take all reasonable precautions, while bearing the inevitable outcome in mind.

Wrt Alzheimer's, I suspect what we eat is probably much more important than what we cook it in. My understanding is that it's rare in India, and I doubt that's because of the high quality of their cookware.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

The china saga continues-rimmed soup bowls?

Maybe you can get some colorful bowls that will contrast with your china ...

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

I thought it was over tea, not BBQ.

Jul 16, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News

Oprah's Show on Past Life Regression and Phobias with Food..

Wrt strawberries, aren't some people deathly allergic? We all have medicine cabinets stocked with Benedryl, but I'm sure there are still plenty of places where it's unobtainable ...

Jul 15, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News

Oprah's Show on Past Life Regression and Phobias with Food..

Interesting, I'd never thought of this in relation to food before. I feel like I have no food issues to speak of, though some might think I enjoy it a little too well ...

I had full-body goosebumps the first time I saw photographs of Rouen Cathedral. Not the paintings, just the photos ...

No one could teach me to swim as a child, and no one has to this day. I have passed a number of swimming classes, though, because it was easier just to fill out the certificate ;)

Jul 15, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

The guy still smokes, AFAIK ...

Jul 15, 2014
foiegras in Food Media & News

Parmesan without the rind

This guy seemed ... personality-disabled. It could be he is not from here and hasn't adapted to the culture. I told him that Central Market does it for me regularly and gives me no grief, and he told me he wasn't giving me grief ;)

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

Has Velveeta changed?

That's quite interesting ... I may have to try it.

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

Has Velveeta changed?

Several years ago it started to taste metallic to me, and so I no longer enjoyed it & stopped buying it. I suspected it had changed, but ... could my tastebuds have become more acute? Seems quite unlikely ...

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

Parmesan without the rind

My normal grocery store used to always have chunks from the middle of the wheel with no rind, and I discovered I much prefer that cut. These pieces are often irregularly shaped, I'm fine with that. Now, if I can't find a piece like that, I ask a cheese person to remove the rind and they always do so, no questions asked. (Some of them at least know me as a regular customer, but I don't think all of them do.) They also sell packages of just rinds.

Recently I was in Whole Foods, and asked for the same thing. The guy did it, but let me know he wouldn't do it again. "We pay for the rind, we expect you to pay for the rind."

What do you think? Is this a reasonable request, or should I be paying for a rind I don't want?

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Cheese

King Crab Legs in the area??

Have heard they are fabulous (Central Market) ... price I heard was $38/lb.

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Which 4 cheeses do you recommend for a rich, creamy Mac & Cheese?

It's in Kraft's 3-cheese recipe. A local chocolatier uses blue cheese powder in one of their truffles. Mostly it just tastes salty (and it's very good).

Jul 14, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking