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Help with Scotch/Whiskey for Groomsmen Gifts???

I second the "research." That would be the most fun part.

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Jul 21, 2008
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Help with Scotch/Whiskey for Groomsmen Gifts???

Agree with Sku 100 percent - Highland Park 12 is a wonderful whisky, and it won't break the bank. Park Avenue Liquors is fantastic, and if you are on the West side, try Gotham Wines & Liquors.

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Jul 20, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

As Sku indicated, Scotch is barley based and American Whiskey and Bourbon are corn based (although there are some kinds of American Rye Whiskies). I often wondered why American whiskey tasted so different - turns out it is made from different stuff. Another little tidbit about Jack Daniels (also known as Tennessee Whiskey) - technically it fits the category of Bourbon (over 51 percent corn), but it tastes sweet because they filter it through maple syrup charcoal.

By the way, I can be such a geek about this because we did research on it for a post we did on the differences between American Whiskey, Bourbon, and Whisky. Here's the link:

http://www.scotchchix.com/2008/06/american-cousins-whiskey-and-bourbon.html

Oh, and Johnnie Walker is a type of scotch - but it isn't a single malt because it uses whisky from a bunch of distilleries and contains spirits made from both malted barley and other grains.

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Jul 10, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

The UK has legal rights to the word "scotch." This all may change later this year, but right now, to be called a scotch, the spirit must conform with a 1990 UK order which requires that the spirit:

1. be distilled at a Scottish distillery.
2. be made from water and malted barley (to which whole grains may be added).
3. be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years and one day.
4. be distilled at less than 94.8% alcohol by volume and be bottled at more than 40% alcohol by volume.

Hope this helps,

CA Scotch Chick
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Jul 08, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Looking for a Recommendation

I'll third the Suntory. I've been lucky enough to try both the 12 yr and the 18yr, and they were both excellent. I have not been able to get the Ichiro's yet. Great idea for a gift, by the way.

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Jul 02, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Interesting Scotch Recommendations

Thanks for the Warehouse liquor lead. It is now on my list.

Keens doesn't list their extensive scotch list on their website - a silly oversight. It is huge - over 250 whiskys.

Cheers,
CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 24, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Indian food in Houston

The Golden Room going downhill? Say it isn't so!!!! We live in California, but we book 4 hour layovers in Houston when we are flying through, rent a car, and drive to the Golden Room to have the following: spicy mint beef, spicy mint chicken, and ka prau beef.

Despite the name, you can get them mild. We've taken non-spice people there, and they were fine with the mild. We are big spice people but we get them medium because the flavors are balanced better.

We have lived in NY, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Vegas. Can't find these dishes made this way anywhere else we've ever been. Soul food.

We drive back with full and happy tummies and continue our journey.

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 23, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Houston

Chinese food -- which countries does it best? [from UK/Ireland]

Hey, that is awesome. Although your food world is already incredible (excellent info on demographics), an airplane opens up so many vistas. Both Vegas and San Fran are easily accessible by airplane and then public transport. We'll do a thread on 200 dollar dumplings one of these days.

Best regards,
CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 23, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in General Topics

What goes well with scotch - take 2

Wow! Fantastic. Wish I had that job. Thank you for the detailed report.

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Jun 22, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

What goes well with scotch - take 2

Thanks for the info on the link, Jason. I really appreciate it - all fixed now.

We're traditionalists in many things too. But once you've had one of DC Scotch Chick's killer chocolate chip cookies with a Glenrothes there is no going back.

Cheers,
CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 22, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Please help wine selections - maybe Italian?

Have a house warming party for friends who love Italy - have named their house Godiamo.

Alas, they are wine lovers, and I only know scotch. I would like to bring them a bottle of red and a bottle of white. I know that when I have had wine at their old house, the white was usually semi-dry and the red was not very tanniny (very palatable for this non-wine drinker). Anybody have any suggestions for what to buy them (for as much as 50 bucks a bottle). If the wine is Italian, it would fit the theme, but I'm open to anything you like.

Thanks,

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 22, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Wine

Help Wine Suggestions (maybe Italian?)

Have a house warming party for friends who love Italy - have named their house Godiamo.

Alas, they are wine lovers, and I only know scotch. I would like to bring them a bottle of red and a bottle of white. I know that when I have had wine at their old house, the white was usually semi-dry and the red was not very tanniny (very palatable for this non-wine drinker). Anybody have any suggestions for what to buy them (for as much as 50 bucks a bottle). If the wine is Italian, it would fit the theme, but I'm open to anything you like.

Thanks,

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 22, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Wine

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Thank you!

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

That is exactly what we like about it too - caramelized is an excellent description! I didn't find Nan Shian on chowhound, although I have since read the reviews. My friend took me there over a year ago. She stopped going for awhile when they switched chefs. She wouldn't take me on my last trip (in February), but she is frequenting it again, which is a good sign. I thought the noodles were excellent, but it has been awhile since I had the 1st chef's version. Glad I missed the really bad time.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

What is your region famous for?

Thanks. That means a lot.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in General Topics

Good Scotch Bars in Your City

Hey all,

I just found this thread too. It spans several years, but it has some good nuggets.

http://www.whiskymag.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3045&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Not guilty, but it sounds like a compliment. I would love to know the Bay Area food well.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Good Scotch Bars in Your City

Hey smalt,

Took your problem to heart and was doing some digging. Does this Yelp thread help, or have you already tried these places? The people on the thread miss HopScotch too - sounds like it was wonderful.

http://www.yelp.com/topic/seattle-single-malt-scotch-bar-

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Hey Brian,

I just read your earlier thread. You caught Joe's wave just right. The regular dishes were amazing in the mid-90's (and like you, I was lucky enough to eat there often - that pork shoulder, those lion's head meatballs, yum), but according to my friend who stopped going for a number of years when Joe's started to slip, their regular dishes also went way downhill for awhile.

I didn't get to have any of my old favorites on this trip because we were there for small eats. Glad to hear they are as you remember them. Cannot wait to go back

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Good Scotch Bars in Your City

Both great leads. Sounds like you are a pilot if you know Jeffco and Centennial. Will definitely be following up on the Indian scotches. We are doing research on them right now.

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Good Scotch Bars in Your City

I need some basic bourbon exposure. DC Scotch Chick and I love Woodford, but haven't liked anything else we've tried so far. Will definitely give the 20 Van Winkle a shot.

Will check out both Alfreds (how is their steak?) and Bourbon and Branch (don't mind a dicey neighborhood if the goal is worthy).

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Good Scotch Bars in Your City

Me too. I don't go to Toronto until November, but I think I'll need to schedule something sooner now. That was an awesome lead.

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Spirits

Chinese food -- which countries does it best? [from UK/Ireland]

I did say a density of "fantastic" restaurants. When I am in New York, I stay at the Sheridan in Flushing. I can walk to at least a dozen amazing restaurants and hundreds of good ones.

You are accustomed to having a car, my friend. The San Gabriel Valley is diverse, but it is sprawling. I fly into El Monte in a little plane, and take public transport to the yummy restaurants every chance I get. I can take the bus in the direction of Mei Long Village, J & J and Dragon Mark. Or I can take the bus in the direction of Din Tai Fung, Tasty Garden, and that wonderful bing snacky place. Or, I can take a bus to a variety of restaurants scattered around the area. In Flushing I can walk to them all - it has a "density of fantastic restaurants."

I think you have taken offense because I attacked the San Gabriel Valley's XLB. I love the San Gabriel Valley's Chinese food. In fact, I love the entire LA area's Chinese food. We are so lucky to live near such a rich resource for excellent food.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in General Topics

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Hey, none of you guys have commented on the Cong Yo Ban Mian (Noodle with Scallion Sauce) at Nan Shian. Is anybody else as amazed as I am that this deceptively simple dish can be so yummy? Has anybody found this anywhere else. Where has it been all my life?

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Great link. Made my mouth water. Have you tried the hole in the wall place in Shanghai he liked Jia Jia Tang Bao?

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Alas, I've only had it in the US at Won Won Kitchen in the San Gabriel Valley. I will ask my friend and let you know. She immigrated to the US through Taiwan, so likes Taiwanese food.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

I think you are correct, Xiao Yang. In fact, I think we are talking about three different dishes. I am a crab fan, so I almost always chose the Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao. The exception is the Din Tai Fung in the San Gabriel Valley, where I prefer their pork version. And, by the way, I have never been in Shanghai when Dazha crabs are in season, and every time I go somebody points this out. It seems to be a truly exceptional dish.

I think the 16 to a steamer XLB you are describing are what I know as Xiao Long Tang Bao. Xiao Long Bao with soup on the side. I've only had them at Din Tai Fung. They are really really little - even smaller than the regular Din Tai Fung XLB. Very yummy and only sold on weekends.

This is fun. I think we need to put together a tasting trip to Shanghai. You can be the local guide.

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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Thanks for the sheng jian bao tip. I love sheng jian bao - my favorite market food in Taiwan (used to call them barrel buns). I will definitely be checking out RIP Moon House.

I agree about XLB arguments. They can get really heated, and in the end it is just a question of taste.

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Very, very interesting. My friend has remarked that she thinks Din Tai Fung's XLB are smaller than regular, but I have never asked her how many XLB fit in a steamer in Shanghai. She came here in the 60's, so maybe her memory has faded.

The XLB I've had in Shanghai have been about 8 to a steamer (with the exception of Din Tai Fung), but maybe I was taken to places my clients thought I would like. The problem with a business trip is that one is taken to nice restaurants, not necessarily yummy restaurants (I slipped off to Din Tai Fung on my own). I have not been to Nanxiang Xiaolong Mantou Dian. Your description is mouthwatering, and I'll slip away to it next time. I'll try to dig up the names of the restaurants my clients have taken me to.

The question is fascinating: what is the size of a traditional XLB? Could we be also looking at an overall growth in the size of XLB over the years. What do you see at other restaurants in Shanghai, since you get to go to real ones? Have you been to the Shanghai Din Tai Fung - how do theirs compare in size and wrapping to Nanxiang Xiaolong Mantou Dian? Can you also ask your mother-in-law if traditionally most of the XLB houses served 16 to a steamer, and I'll ask my friend?

Thanks for the fascinating "food" for thought. It warrants lots more yummy research.

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs

Joe's Shanghai v Nan Shian Xie Fen Xiao Long Bao

Hey. I've got good street cred. I frequent the San Gabriel Valley, but have eaten XLB all over the world, particularly in Shanghai and Taipei. We aren't talking faux Chinese here folks. Although Xiao Yang's post below makes me think I've missed the best XLB restaurants when in Shanghai.

In the San Gabriel Valley, I've tried XLB at Din Tai Fung (love them, consider them to be are a different dish), Mei Long Village (3 attempts), J & J (so disappointing only one attempt), Dragon Mark (2 attempts), Green Village (1 attempts), and Tasty Garden (2 attempts). I like all these restaurants, just not for XLB.

For the record, I am not one of the Din Tai Fung naysayers. Whenever I did participate in the discussions it was to defend this fantastic little dumpling. I was just always under the assumption that it smaller than normal Xiao Long Bao with a much thinner wrapping, which in my mind made it almost a different dish. Again, Xiao Yang's post below is making me rethink what the size of an XLB should be. Either way, Din Tai Fung makes a delectable dumpling.

Best regards,

CA Scotch Chick
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Jun 21, 2008
CA Scotch Chick in Outer Boroughs