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(Not about) Food words I'd like to never see again.

Molecular gastronomy, it sounds pedantic and arrogant.

Feb 27, 2009
Scrambletron in Not About Food

Crawfish boil at home - where to get 'em?

You cannot buy purged crawfish, or if you could you wouldn't want to, it will kill them. You want to purge them right before you cook them. All you need is a large cooler and a box of salt, and a stirring stick. We always use salt, and drain then repeat, usually about three to four times before the water is clear. Don't pour the salt right on the crawpappies, get some water on all of them; it will burn and maybe kill them. Discard any dead critters.
They say it makes them throw up, maybe poo too. And the osmosis might draw the muddy water out from their shells. It definately makes a huge difference. Just fill up a cool full of crawfish, then look at the muddy water. You don't want to boil them in filthy water.

apparently you can buy purged crawfish as this site sell: http://www.texascrawfish.com/
but it's easy to do anyway, and I would purge them regardless.

Feb 23, 2009
Scrambletron in Austin

Need Wedding Cake: Austin, Texas, HELp!

My wife and I got our wedding cake from the Upper Crust bakery http://theuppercrustbakery.com/
They stopped doing wedding cakes, but will sell their cakes and you can buy a tiered cake rack to put them on. It winds up being a delicious cake without the 'wedding tax' that everyone tries to levy on you. Instead of a grooms cake, we got 150 of the chocolate cupcakes, with cheesecake filling, top with a dark chocolate nugget. Speak with the baker named Seven, he'll set you up.
I just realized this post is about two years old, but this info may serve others.

Feb 23, 2009
Scrambletron in Austin

Good Indian Food in Austin

A group a friends and I went to the clay pit last night which was my fifth visit. I love the place. We had about a quarter of the dinner entress and they were all good. I got the curried goat and loved it. I reccomend the buffet though. They have it during lunch excet sundays, with saturday maybe being a bit larger than the weekdays. And they post the menu of the buffet online. The food gets eaten pretty quicks so it's pretty fresh on the buffet, but of course not as fresh as if you order a single dish. If you want kabobs and meats on the tandoor however, they're usually not on the buffet except for chicken somtimes. I think the buffet is about $9 and most dinner entress are around $15. An added bonus is that the dog and duck pub is accross the street.

Jan 10, 2009
Scrambletron in Austin

Any Ethiopian places?

...and it's byob.

Jan 10, 2009
Scrambletron in Austin

Any Ethiopian places?

I've been there and it's good. I recently had a trip to DC and my friend took me to what he considered one of the best in town. I couldn't tell the difference, but I've only had the cuisine twice.

Driving by the other day there's a banner announcing a lunch buffet, Tuesday - Friday.

Dec 29, 2008
Scrambletron in Austin

Titaya Review 12/26/08

I agree, and love Titaya's. I eat there a lot. My favorites are the pad thai, and pad kee mao, and I get them very spicey. The dishes above have a lot of meat, and the pad kee mao has a good amount of veggies which a lot of thai places tend to skimp on. You can get extra steamed white rice for 50 cents, and mixing that with the leftovers makes for another meal. Also, the lunch specials 6.50 and good size portions.

Dec 29, 2008
Scrambletron in Austin

Breakfast Burritos vs. Tacos?

I've had the burnet burrito, but left it off the list of Austin burritos i've had. It is a descent size burrito and costs just under $4 if I remember correctly. However, I never eat at taco shack due mainly to their weak salsa. I need salsa on my tex mex, and theirs taste like mild dishwater, or somthing, definately not the usual suspects of veggies and chiles in most salsas. Besides that, there used to be a taco joint on the corner of 29th and guadalupe called 'Taco Wars' that was good. Taco shack bought them out around 2003 and i've been bitter since.

Dec 29, 2008
Scrambletron in Austin

Best Salsa in Austin

For jalisco green: Grande Mart's taqueria (orange is great too) on Berkman, or Taqueria Sanchez on Cameron.

Agreed that trudy's has great salsas.

Dec 23, 2008
Scrambletron in Austin

Breakfast Burritos vs. Tacos?

I'm on the same page with you as is my wife and brother-in-law. There very few breakfast burritos in austin, and where you can find them they are overpirced. People in Austin don't understand the value of a good breakfast burrito compared to tacos. I've been in Austin for eight years and know there is a lot of good lunch and dinner, but coming from Galveston, Austin lacks on breakfast.

All over Galveston, and Houston too I think, you can get giant breakfast burritos on 15" tortillas from $2.25 - $4.00. They're often called 'suprise burritos' and come standard with egg, bacon, beans, pototatoes and cheese and sometimes chorizo, all for one price.
In Austin, every place assumes you want two ingredients on your breakfast tacos, then adding four other ingredients overloads the tortilla, and runs the price up to about $3.50! Needless to say, when I head to Galveston there's always trips to the donut shoppe, el gusto or el napoalito. And usually the salsa is very spicey so you don't sog up your burrito.

The places i've had breakfast burritos here in town are weak. Taqueria Jeffes sells one for around $5 and it's not great. Cocnina de Consuelo sells them a bit cheaper but I'm not impressed with them. Taqueria Las Chavas might be the best I've had so far.

I have had one breakfast burrito about seven years ago that was really good, but someone else picked them up off of Cesar Chavez St. and I havn't been able to find them since.

Dec 23, 2008
Scrambletron in Austin