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Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

There is no clear cut leader and I checked FOX, ABC, and CBS and they all say the race is too close to call.

I may be reading between the lines but I think brucesw is saying someone should step up and nominate one. Some good suggestions have been thrown out, (the Wifeacita just belched at this instant from sausage from Polonia after an oil change next door, pork cutlet for me to go,) and I say whoever steps up with a solid suggestion we'll follow.

about 1 hour ago
James Cristinian in Houston

How do you buy corn?

Peeling and dumping is just wrong.

How do you buy corn?

I don't like the assumption everyone peels down the stalks. The stands I go to cut one inch squares in a few ears so you can see the type of corn you're getting.

I do the feel method Chowrin employs coming from having a large garden.

Gift basket from America?

Taco Bell is just barely "Tex-Mex" and that's being kind.

Dinner and a movie

Great movie and an even better book.

Food, chicken fried steak, a big mess and not easy to pull off unless you've done it many times and learned from your mother.

Here' s why I say it.

Sam the Lion, "Chicken fry me a steak and use meat this time!"

Ribs and chili sounds great but CFS is a pain.

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

You could always go Sonny Corleone,
(James Caan) from the Godfather. The FBI was taking photos of license plates at sister Connie's wedding and Sonny got a bit annoyed, grabbing the camera and smashing it in the parking lot. He whipped out a roll of bills and peeled a few off tossing them to the ground.

Smash it on the kitchen floor and fire of some twenties or c notes, that should send a message.

Restaurants that set the standard for Creole dishes

I had some incredible shrimp creole at Jacque-Imo's plus fried chicken equally as good. This was the spring before Katrina so Austin Leslie was manning the fryer.

Aug 26, 2015
James Cristinian in New Orleans

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

The Wifeacita and I collaborated on a cocktel de camaron con jaiba or blue crab this weekend, a team effort.

She made the sauce on Saturday, delicious and I perfectly prepared the seafood on Sunday, outstanding of course. Self bragger.

The shrimp were 26-30 wild Gulf brown shrimp, a perfect size from MY HEB at 6.97 a pound, strong enough to stand up to the spicy coctel sauce.

The crab came from Super H Mart on Blalock for 3.99 a pound around 7 bucks for 4 medium males. They were a bit lethargic at the store but were very feisty when I put them in the sink to purge.

I must say we didn't really taste the crab as the sauce overpowered it, the same as at Goode Co in our opinions.

Next time we do crab we'll eat them with a touch of butter.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

HEB has a really good ad this week

I scored a 4 poundish pack of short ribs today pushing 12 bucks at the Bunker Hill location.

The ad ends Tuesday. I'd go to the Bunker Hill location where they do a good job of keeping ad items in stock until the last day or go for a rain check at your location.

Aug 24, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Gee whiz, that's keen.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I go by Jim and a close co-worker call me Jiminy Cricket.

Restaurants in Museum District

I missed the February part due to a lack of reading comprehension which is usually a strong point for me. February sounds good right now, as it's hot again.

I wish I could add something constructive but you brucesw and my new friend Lambowner have covered it well.

Aug 23, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

HEB has a really good ad this week

That's crazy, the Bunker Hill location rolls up the sidewalks around 8 in both the meat and seafood departments and take their time opening the next day.

They do a good job of keeping the specials well stocked in front of the meat counter.

Aug 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

It's a brave new Chowhound world.

HEB has a really good ad this week

Which HEB did you go to? I went to MY Bunker Hill one today and I found the bone in rib eyes a bit too fatty for me, but they had the boneless for 10.97, 6 bucks off the regular price and got a couple. I'll be back on Tuesday for more.

They also had some very fresh red snapper for 7.97.

The short ribs were in the refrigerated cooler in front of the meat market.

Aug 22, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

An old Mae West quote, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

HEB has a really good ad this week

Prime bone in rib eyes for 7.97. I'm there, they haven't had prime rib eyes on sale in a long time, just strips. Nothing against strips, but sometimes I really want a good rib eye.

Gulf shrimp 6.97 for 26-30s. Not frying size but good boiled or broiled. The wifeacita is threatening a campechana but we'll have them one way or another.

Boston butt bone in pork roast a buck a pound. Good crock pot fare.

Short ribs 2.97. I like throwing them in the crock pot with a roast.

I think most have a 10 dollar minimum purchase, no problem.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Great seeing you again and assume you made it home some 9 days later battling 530 Katy Freeway traffic. It was a lot of fun hanging out and swapping military stories.

My take on the food is we loved the campechana but would have liked to see chunks of crab instead of shredded. I've been craving some blue crab but the Korean places have been out.

The fried oysters were really good and am looking forward to them when they are more in season. The shrimp empanada was a pleasant surprise.

Come to the Polish Festival so we can get together again.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Again, an apology for the late reply. I really enjoyed meeting yourself and Mr. Lambsy. Wifeacita couldn't have been happier and along with Jaymes we went to the bar until after 5pm with a few cocktails and war stories involving F4s, B24s, and B17s.

We're looking forward to seeing both of you again.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Good stuff JJC, HEB has 26-30 Gulf shrimp for 6.97 this week and the wifeacita is threatening making a campechana this weekend. I'll have her check out your version but as always she'll put her own spin on it.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Sorry I took so long but it was great to see you and your Mom again. I do believe she was at Polonia.

The wifeacita was overjoyed, totally, absolutely and can't wait to meet up again. Try and get to the Polish Festival.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Restaurants in Museum District

Two things will happen if you walk anywhere other than next door, you will melt or on a day like today, drown.

Aug 20, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I've got it on DVD. More than a pretty fair event, if you were close enough to see od hear.

I've got some tales about a Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic in the late 70's if you care to hear.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Got one JoeBabbit. Up against the wall. Here it is in the great Jefferson Airplane song, "We Can Be Together."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4vg2...

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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

I posted far out before I read yours. I hate doing that.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Far out, cayjohan.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

The elevator doesn't go to the top floor, and a few French fries short of a happy meal. Toys in the attic.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

Awesome. Once upon a time the long distance phrase assured instant silence, even with adults.

Our perception of "authenticity"

I live in SE Texas and prefer my lobster on a fresh flour tortilla with a bit of butter, generally the claw meat and some tail. I eat the knuckle meat dipped in butter.

I also eat some of the crawfish meat I boil in a tortilla with a little butter, juice from the boil, and fat I squeeze out of the head.

The Wifeacita, who is Hispanic, does not follow my lead.