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

We haven't been and somehow missed the crabs at the Bellaire location. Next Tuesday Goode Co. Seafood if you can make it.

about 9 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Bland Oysters... What's up?

You could not have picked a worse time to try Gulf coast bay oysters. They are not in season at all, in fact you won't find them at all at any of the Galveston Island restaurants.

It looks like they are taking advantage of tourists. I won't touch them raw or cooked until the water gets cold.

about 10 hours ago
James Cristinian in New Orleans
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DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

Ok Jaymes and other takers such as the idle rich Doobs, I'm ready for 2 pm Tuesday the 11th, this will give me a couple of hours at the pool and you Jaymes time to drive in from eastern San Antonio. I can be flexible on the time if necessary.

We are talking Goode Company Seafood Katy Freeway and not the wretched BBQ place.

about 12 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston
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DOTM August 2015: Cocktel de Camaron, Vuelve de la Vida, Campechana

I love the chilorio at Pico's, plus the camarones al ajillo. These were our go to dishes plus hundreds of margaritas straight up back when I lived in Sharpstown and was courting the wifeacita at the original Pico's Bellaire Boulevard, 10 plus years ago.

Ironically we never had the campechana. I was also not a fan of the chips and salsas.

about 12 hours ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Nothing on Antoine's Restaurant

I had to look this dish up. Fried oysters on pate buttered toast with a Colbert sauce. Sounds incredible bat I am curious about the Colbert sauce. What is in it?

about 15 hours ago
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Where to buy live lobsters in Houston (within beltway 8)

A confirm at 99 Ranch Market minutes ago/530 pm Sunday 11.99 small and 13.99 larger.

They were out of live blue crabs at 2.99 a pound live.

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Houston

Nathans Coney Island

Bob, growing up in the Bronx, did you ever have to fight your way through the Turnbull ACs, Baseball Furys, or the dreaded Orphans to get all the way to Coney?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War...

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

How do you say, okie dokie? I'll know by this Monday, Monday. Any other takers, Doobs, you're a man of leisure. Brucesw? I'm thinking 1-2 ish, but am flexible. Lambowner, dying to meet you.

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Neighbor Compains to Cops About Smoke From Barbecue

Sunshine 842 welcome to state hate. I get it all the time living in Texas. There is a proposal to regulate BBQ smoke in Austin, think California east.

http://kxan.com/2015/04/02/city-looks...

DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

Doobs, just next door is The Mason Jar, as you know. I love, love the French onion soup there. In case I'm characterized as a rube for not knowing real French onion soup, I love it any way.

I've posted this before and you may have read it but Pappy's was once Ruby Red's Steakburger in the late 70's. They made a perfect medium rare burger with fries and peanuts at every table so the shells were all over the place.

Ninfa's on Echo Lane was outstanding back then, almost on par with the real Navigation location where I've been going since the mid 70's.

I will not darken the door of the so called original, really faux one there now. Mini rant over.

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

I just spelled know, no.

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

I'm usually off on Tuesday but won't no for sure until early next week. I'm talking Tuesday the 11th.

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

Nope, it was Mambo's on Long Point. The coctel itself was delicious, but I could do without the tasteless little shrimps that the waitress couldn't figure out how to omit.

I vow to take one for the team and try the crab and shrimp campechana at Goode Co. Seafood Katy Freeway Friday afternoon. Anybody care to join?

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Where to buy live lobsters in Houston (within beltway 8)

HEB on Bunker Hill & I-10 has them today for 14.97 a pound, the regular price. They often have them on sale for 9.97-7.97, usually around holidays such as Labor Day.

Every time I've been to 99 Ranch and Super H they've had them and would suspect them to be a couple of bucks less. I called 99 Ranch but got stuck on hold.

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

Goode Co. has a campachana with crab and shrimp. I've never tried it but I'm guessing the shrimp aren't the baby frozen kind.

http://www.goodecompany.com/images/pd...

Aug 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Nothing on Antoine's Restaurant

There are numerous posts on the New Orleans board, go to this board, type in Antoine's and hit search.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009...

Jul 31, 2015
James Cristinian in New Orleans

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

A coctel de camaron loaded with everything, shrimp, oysters, and octopus is also refered to as vuelva de la vida, or return to life. It's not spicy as shrimp cocktail with horseradish but is more flavorful with tomato sauce or juice, a mixture of pico de gallo and avocado, although it can certainly be spiced up easily.

Unfortunately, at the Mexican seafood places it is often served with tiny frozen shrimp which I eat around. The wifeacita, who speaks fluent Spanish tried to get one without the baby shrimps but it didn't translate, maybe a POS issue.

99 Ranch Market has had whole ducks every time I've been there, beak to butt. I'm just not a duck guy, nor lamb and I've had both well prepared and am not a fan.

Day trip to League City

Thanks for the response and I really like your blog, read it before.

Jul 31, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

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

I second.

Jul 30, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

What is your perfect breakfast?

I also dislike eggs, and coffee.

I do like Texas Ruby Red grapefruit, a hot, fluffy biscuit and a pancake plus grits with lots of pepper and real butter. Also link sausage and hash browns all cooked in front of me at a local diner washed down with skim milk.

Note, I do not eat all of this in the same sitting.

Earthquake Kit Seattle

Here's where I live. Notice the lack of cows, cowboys, oil wells, and tumbleweeds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtow...

I might add to the list charcoal and or propane to grill what is in the refrigerator. After the last hurricane neighbors came together to do grill potlucks with whatever was left in the refrigerators.

It would also be a good idea to live on a power grid with a hospital or fire station as I have both and only lost power for 36 hours, while across the street it was three weeks.

Earthquake Kit Seattle

Cell phone car charges and land line phones, although both may or not work, speaking from experience after Hurricane Ike whacked Galveston/Houston in 2008.

5 Nights: U of H, Washington Avenue, Upper Kirby

Great suggestion Farley. Soft shell crabs are in season plus they have some great appetizers, my two favorites being chilorio and camarones al ajillo.

Avoid anything Tex-Mex, especially the bland fajitas. Killer margaritas served straight up in individual shakers.

http://picos.net/

Jul 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

5 Nights: U of H, Washington Avenue, Upper Kirby

When Cheflambo speaks, people listen.

Jul 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

What is up with Burger King?

I think BK should rebrand themselves and go back to the fresh flame broiled, "have it your way." It might help jumpstart a moribund chain by offering something different than the junk McDonald's and Wendy's sell.

I blame McDonald's for the sad state between the "big" three. They perfected the art of really fast food and the other two followed along to keep up with faster is better.

The irony is that McDonald's is no longer fast and their product has declined markedly, dragging BK and Wendy's with them.

I miss the flame broiled whopper and the Wendy's hot and juicy of old.

Jul 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Chains

What is up with Burger King?

A couple of years ago we got some coupons at work for free quarter pounders. I took about two bites and set it aside, but it was not wasted. I'm a train buff and I knew where some stray dogs hung out near the tracks, tore it up and fed the hungry dogs. That one was definitely eaten.

What is up with Burger King?

They are cooked poorly I might add.

Jul 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Chains

Dinner (on expense account) in Memorial area?

The Hollister Grill is about a mile north of Memorial just north of I-10. It's a small, quiet restaurant with a nice, but not large menu and also BYOB. You can pick up wine at nearby Spec's on I-10 and they have a very nice selection.

http://www.hollistergrill.com/index.php

Jul 23, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Day trip to League City

Outriggers is in Seabrook, not Kemah, although just across the channel. Great view.

http://outriggersbythebay.com/

Jul 21, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

There's No Such Thing As Bad…

'splain to your son, you may already have, how you could watch your very own burger be placed on the belt and prepared so you could, "have it your way." Cue commercial music.