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Restaurant near JW Marriott San Antonio?

Went to the original Los Barrios just north of downtown a few years ago and agree, classic Tex-Mex. If you do the puffy tacos get the ground beef over chicken.

about 10 hours ago
James Cristinian in Texas

On the road

Yeah, we were a bit unsure about those Louisiana girls, I'm not even sure they had passports to get into the USA. They had no axes however, beside we had them outnumbered. Super folk all the way.

about 12 hours ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

Make that non high fructose corn syrup tomato condiment for organically grown, local sourced pommes frites.

about 12 hours ago
James Cristinian in San Francisco Bay Area

Introducing New Conversation Types

I'm over the blue heart thing and just did five, see above. I refuse to do a smiley face and this would be my first and probably only frowny face, but I can't figure it out, and am not gonna waste my time.

about 17 hours ago
James Cristinian in Site Talk
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On the road

I took a roadie circa 1977 that literally changed the lives of 4 of the 6 ultimately involved. Three buddies and I were in my truck, complete with 2 captain's chairs and headphones for all heading from Houston to Big Bend National Park for a week or so of camping. Following a stop in Sanderson for the requisite 24 cases of beer, "Ya'll come back now, hear" we blissfully headed west on I-10 when we ran across two girls from New Orleans on holiday in a white Chevy Vega heading to Los Angeles. We intercepted them and quickly Shanghaied them to Big Bend, and from here the names are changed to protect the innocent. Buddy Lizard and Bea hit it off immediately spending the better part of a week in his tent. They later married and had children. Buddy Zippy and I took turns entertaining other girl Lili in our tents at night, while third wheel out Hank was left to himself. Hank and Lili later married. Strange how people's lives can turn on a thread, a pee stop or second here or there and we never would have met. Food wise everyone was content with grilled spam and potatoes, but after two days I couldn't take anymore spam and I paid premium price for frozen burger patties at the park store. Sometime in we ran out of veggies and I being the only Spanish speaker was dispatched across the Rio Grande to negotiate a buy of some fresh Mexican veggies. What a trip, a great time was had by all and four lives were changed.

about 19 hours ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food
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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

I don't remember the sign but I do remember the wheel burger, hub burger, and spoke dog. The wheel burger was the biggest of the two.

about 22 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

On the road

Girloftheworld, I was staying with my aunt and uncle in the 70's, just a wee bit before your time and a developer was remodeling a club. Sixth Street looked like Berlin 1945 and from talking with you previously I know your family had history in that era.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food

On the road

Nope and nope, forgot to pack the games, along with all the cookware discovered missing 75 miles into the trip prompting a return to Mission Control in Houston and "floor exercises." We had to make do with each other in Colorado, plus a small amount of wild herbs. The café next door had some nice meals, great pancakes. We did cook up some good food in the mountains until raging winds flattened our tent driving us to a nice motel in Canon City. Being a train buff loved the Rio Grande Railroad operating in town.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food

Introducing New Conversation Types

A luv heart for you. BTW!!!!

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Site Talk

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

John's Oyster Resort in Galveston and Chuc Wagon on Bissonett near Fondren, not a great burger, but I miss it. It's a papusaderia now, ya think.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Houston
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Introducing New Conversation Types

That would offend people and we can't have that. Kinda like the mega retail store I work for no longer does the PA, "We will be closing in 10 minutes, please take your purchases to the registers, (so people can be home with their families, get the hell out and don't linger for an hour.) Sorry for the vent, but we can't run the risk of offending people. I hate the new format, by the way.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Site Talk

On the road

I did Las Cruces, New Mexico-Houston solo with stops for beer/bathroom and a pizza in Fort Stockton. Eight hundred miles in less than a day, a driving fool.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food

On the road

Did the transmission thing coming from Houston to Colorado. We got lucky, a nice guy picked us up almost immediately and the car was towed to a small town with a nice motel, Antonito was the town. Two 18 year old boyfriend/girlfriend settled into a nice rhythm for 3 days, wake up, breakfast, do things, lunch do more things, dinner many more things, ah 18 and in love, plus some nice mountain camping, great roadie.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food

Costco Frozen Shrimp (Bagged) from Vietnam

Yep, the Gulf red snapper season this year was eight days with a two fish max. Anybody want to buy a Shimano TLD 10?

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Chains

The Last Crawfish Boil

Great article, living in Houston it hit home. The poor crawfish died of hypoxia, they used up all the oxygen in the water. The water must be changed often, or just a small amount in the pan,

Jul 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Features
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On the road

How about 18 miles to Stuckey's.

Jul 23, 2014
James Cristinian in Not About Food

On the road

I like the opening of National Lampoon's Vacation with the postcards from the road, the song "Holiday Road", and "oh God, the dog wet on the picnic basket!"

Jul 23, 2014
James Cristinian in Not About Food

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

The HEB Houston Bunker Hill has a lump crab one supplied by Louisiana Foods and a hatch chile version done at Central Market. Both are quite delicious, the hatch has a spicy kick.

Jul 22, 2014
James Cristinian in Austin

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

That was one cool train.

Jul 22, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

A little journalistic license, I do it all the time. Did you run into Strelnikov, aka Pasha on an isolated siding in the woods, by chance?

Jul 21, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

Yikes! So just like in Dr. Zhivago you rode in a boxcar with hay on the floor, a barrel of disinfectant, and you had to shovel everyone's poop and piss out of the car. I think a case of vodka is called for here!

Jul 21, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Chicken fried deer tenderloin, Houston.

Jul 20, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

Thanks both of you.

Jul 20, 2014
James Cristinian in Cookware

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

girloftheworld, I've got a beautiful dutch oven with cover that was my grandmother's. There's a stamp on the bottom I can't quite make out. It's got to be a minimum of 80 years old. How do I get something like this looked at, and what is your opinion? Not wanting to sell, I use it too much, just curious.

Jul 19, 2014
James Cristinian in Cookware

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

We had it at Little League games where everything tastes good. Greasy hamburgers were haute cuisine, snow cones for dessert. Great stuff, but the microwave does sound gross, none of those contraptions back in the 60's.

Jul 17, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Seeking Ingredient: Gochujang

99 Ranch and H Mart are down the street from each other just north of I-10 on Blalock. If you're coming from the south, H Mart will be on your right, turn back south and 99 Ranch will be on your right at I-10.

Jul 17, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

Is this the Tex-Mex you're looking for?

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/...

Jul 17, 2014
James Cristinian in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Wolf Brand chili if you can get it.

Jul 16, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Oyster Craze

My retail company express air freights pallets of stuff used for resets and they sit around the warehouse for a month or more. Talk about a waste of resources and money. It comes by truck anyway, might as well stick it on a truck in the first place. Origins of these fixtures is USA by the way.

Jul 16, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics

Chili Definition

People from around the country might be shocked to know how few places serve chili in Texas, at least Houston where I live. Once the weather cools off serious chili eaters make a big batch of their own. A little advice rudeboy, try and leave the country, especially Texas in July and August, that's what my orthopaedic surgeon does.

Jul 16, 2014
James Cristinian in General Topics