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What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I wish more people thought like you as oyster prices are really getting high. I hope you dislike crawfish as well.

about 3 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

Spanish Galleon in the strip center on the north side of Richmond just outside of 610. The seafood was just ok but giant schooners of ice cold beer was too much to resist for a just turned 18 year old on a hot day.

The Anchorage on the NW corner of 610 in the Hyatt I believe. I had a girlfriend who was an expert at sniffing out expensive things and it was the abalone there.

about 3 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

To be honest, I think I had more than a few beers before I tried them and it took seven or eight to acquire a taste. After that it was dozens and dozens more. That same day!

about 3 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Try seven or eight raw oysters.

about 5 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Sounds good.

about 20 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

We disagree on redfish. What's a grunt?

about 23 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics
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What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

I respectfully disagree. The Texas slot limit on reds is 20-28 inches and usually in the 4-9 pound range, perfect for blackened or fried. I've caught and cleaned hundreds of reds from Galveston Bay to the Lower Laguna Madre plus the Gulf and never seen a parasite or had muddy fish. I love fresh redfish as a table fish and rank it tied with red snapper as my second favorite Gulf coast fish I catch with flounder a distant fourth. Speckled trout is my favorite and it's not unusual to find three or four parasites in a fish. I remove and fry as normal. You might be eating farm raised fish as fresh is hard to come by unless you catch it yourself.

about 23 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

It's burned if the kitchen burns it. Blackening is a skill akin to frying, it looks easy but requires precise timing. I've made blackened redfish numerous times. Heat a cast iron skillet smoking hot, dip redfish filets in seasoning, melted butter and sear on both sides for a total max of five minutes. Serve with butter and lemon. The contrast in textures and flavors make the dish, spicy seared outside, thick moist fish and lemon butter. Fresh redfish over farm raised is a key. I don't think most cooks pull this off.

Zaxby (Heart Of Dallas Bowl)

It looks like a cross between Chic-Fil-A and Raisin' Canes but we don't have them in SE Texas.

http://www.zaxbys.com/menu_nutrition/...

Rutgers 7 hated NC State nil.

Edit. This just in there is a location on FM 1960 in Houston but that road is so crowded nobody drives on it anymore, plus it's 25 miles away.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Chains

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa Drinking Game

I've seen Giada downright tipsy on some of those specials.

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa Drinking Game

GOOD vanilla as compared to BAD vanilla. I'm solidly in the GOOD vanilla camp.

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

Genghis Khan on Bellaire. It's was an all you can eat cook it yourself place with a grill in the middle of the table. They had an open refrigerator with meats and veggies for the grill.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa Drinking Game

Watch the end of the show. She seems to find the desserts especially hilarious, really brings out the laughter. I do like the show, however.

Forgotten Fast Foods

I don't remember the scallops but we had a Long John Silvers in Houston that served Budweiser dark on draft. Good on a steamy 95 degree day.

Dec 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

What do you not order in restaurants...

I mentioned fajitas earlier. I can go to a real, authentic, genuine Houston Tex-Mex restaurant but make fajitas for a quarter of the price at home. At the same restaurant I can order a trio of beef, cheese, and chicken enchiladas all prepared differently and better than I can make at home. That's an example of why I dine out. Throw in rice, refritos, guacamole and fresh jumbo lump crab nachos and you have dozens of ingredients that would take hours to prepare at home, all done in a nice setting in 30 minutes with killer margaritas.

What do you not order in restaurants...

Fried oysters. I can buy a full pound shucked for less than a po-boy.

What do you not order in restaurants...

Fajitas. I can buy and cook my own for a quarter of the price charged at restaurants, plus I can make them medium rare. Beef of course, don't get me started on the oxymoron chicken, shrimp, and shudder veggie "fajitas."

What do you not order in restaurants...

I consider myself a master fryer, but I'm no good at chicken. We don't eat it often, but when we do the wifeacita and I will travel over an hour for the good stuff, forget chains. Snack Happy, we're tied for the world's best chicken fingers.

Oysters at costco

Yes they will be ok, this from a guy eating oysters for 45+ years.

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

Cristina, I agree on the serranos, they add a nice kick. I use them in my Texas chili, sin frijoles of course.

What do you not order in restaurants...

A real no brainer for me is lobster. If I'm patient I can get them live for 7.99 here in Houston. Plus what restaurant has fresh flour tortillas for my version of lobster rolls.

Keen's Steakhouse - Don't Go!!!!

Free range crabs. Good one.

Dec 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Manhattan

What do you not order in restaurants...

I order real BBQ at a joint because I don't have the space for a good pit plus there's just two of us so smoking a brisket for 12-14 hours doesn't make sense. There's a place in Richmond, Texas called Galvan's where we can eat like pigs and get out for 20 bucks. It's a hole I the wall and takes us 45 minutes to get to but we love it.

Why I hate Christmas

5 Canadian= 4.32 US. Lo siento.

http://themoneyconverter.com/USD/CAD....

Why I hate Christmas

Well at least it was five dollars Canadian.

We Do Not Like and Do Not Get Niko Niko's

...and wasn't there a Panjo's Pizza right around the corner?

Dec 18, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

and while we're griping...

We wouldn't want to offend anyone.

Dec 17, 2014
James Cristinian in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I think you stopped reading at loading faster, and other issues were posted!

6.97 whole Red Snapper at HEB

Commercial on. Ooops back to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The wifeacita and I haven't seen this in years. Just over and we loved it. Food wise we had some chips and salsa from Las Locas Fajitas on Kempwood. Good stuff.

Dec 13, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

6.97 whole Red Snapper at HEB

The snapper I've seen at the Korean markets are not US snapper, at least not the large ones I've caught.

Dec 13, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston