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Need help locating the best Chinese food in Atlanta!

Interesting. I went for lunch. Had the 'three kinds of dumplings' appetizer & shrimp fried rice. I thought the dumplings were really good. Would happily go back.

Jun 28, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Is the food any good at cinema eateries like Studio Movie Grill?

I've been going to Alamo Drafthouse since the first one opened in Austin back in 1997. The food can be serviceable but it's certainly not good enough to go there for dinner without seeing a movie. The thing this concept is best for, in my opinion, is times when we're hungry, and want to see a movie, but are pressed for time; for example, get off work too late to go out to dinner and then to the movie. Instead, we go to the movie and eat something there. I always get a sandwich of some sort, and they're perfectly fine fare. Drinks being watered down and too expensive, assuming that's correct, isn't an issue for me at Alamo Drafthouse because, when I'm there, I always order a beer.

I like the concept. Sure beats going to a regular movie and trying to make a meal out of those concession-stand hotdogs. That's what I think Alamo Drafthouse and similar venues should be compared to. Not to full-service restaurants.

Jun 27, 2015
Jaymes in Texas

Need help locating the best Chinese food in Atlanta!

Thanks for the suggestion. I did go to Sweet Hut today but, while looking for a place to park, noticed "Hong Kong Bakery" in the same shopping plaza. Since I first fell in love with dan tats (egg custard tarts) when I lived in Hong Kong, thought I'd stick my head in there just to see. Sure enough, there they were. I wanted two dozen, but they only had about ten ready to sell, so they said they'd make my two dozen, if I'd wait for about a half-hour, which I said I would.

Amazingly enough, I had had an excellent meal at Bo Bo Garden Asian Cuisine last week, and I had asked them who had the best dan tats in town. They first mentioned Oriental Pearl dim sum but added that they often sell out pretty early. So I asked specifically about bakeries. Nobody at Bo Bo spoke enough English to tell me, but they wrote down in Chinese the name of the bakery they recommended. Of course, since I don't read Chinese, it made no sense to me. But, while I was waiting for the fresh hot tarts to come out of the oven, I happened to remember that. So I pulled out the napkin on which the bakery name was scribbled in Chinese. Sure enough, it was Hong Kong Bakery.

And, by the way, I also very highly recommend Bo Bo Garden. Terrific.

Jun 26, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Can I get Echire butter in Houston? If so where?

How about Revival Market? If they don't have it, they might be able to order it.

Jun 26, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

cream of poblano soup

I've frozen it with excellent results. If I were going to ship some, I'd start with that.

Jun 24, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

3 Days in Atlanta

These sorts of directly contradictory posts always make me wonder what each poster ordered. Perhaps that explains the wildly different opinions.

Jun 24, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Need help locating the best Chinese food in Atlanta!

How about Chinese bakeries? Any 'dan tats' fans out there?

Jun 22, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

My TX reviews...Dallas to San antonio

Agree about Hruska's. Drive right by there. That's because if I'm on that road I've either already got several dozen kolaches from Weikel's - or I'm on my way to get them.

Jun 19, 2015
Jaymes in Texas

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Had to laugh. Just got back to Atlanta yesterday. Here to visit my father who has been admitted into a residential physical rehab center. Got here in time to join him for lunch. So what did they serve for dessert at my very first meal back in town?

Peach cobbler.

Jun 19, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta
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I-20 Shreveport to Atlanta

Came through Arcadia today. Went to County Cottage, but unfortunately they were closed. Pooh. The place looked nice, though. Going to give it another go on the return trip.

And Cotton really does look good but looks like at least an hour or more. I am a little behind schedule due to having to drive through a tropical storm yesterday. Not fun.

Jun 16, 2015
Jaymes in Central South

I-20 Shreveport to Atlanta

Thanks to you both. Heading out tomorrow, so got the info in plenty of time!

Jun 14, 2015
Jaymes in Central South

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

Also, I'm not lucky enough to own a burr grinder, so I use the little rotary one. I read somewhere, in an article about why the burr is best, that the rotary grinders generate a lot of heat with all that friction and that heat is not good for the coffee.

I've found that, by keeping my beans in the freezer, they don't get hot when I grind them. Maybe I'm kidding myself but I honestly think I can taste the difference.

Jun 12, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

DOTM - Would this work here?

Me, too. But then you probably knew that as well. Right?

(With the caveat that I'm going to have to spend the next few weeks in Atlanta.)

(And, just to be clear, we're going to be tasting restaurant dishes, right, and not cooking our own?)

(Because if we're going to be cooking our own I might have to rethink.)

Jun 12, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Good ethnic food in Atlanta

I must say those names sound promising. And muy auténtico.

Thanks.

Jun 10, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Good ethnic food in Atlanta

I'd be interested in a few of those "several authentic Mexican places." Which are your favorites?

Jun 10, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Ohsawa Nama Shoyu in Houston?

Have you tried Nippon Daido?

http://daidomarket.com/

Also, H Mart is ostensibly Korean but they have a lot of Japanese products. As does 99 Ranch.

Jun 07, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Well thanks for getting back with me. I'll have to go try them and see if I can figure out a recipe.

Jun 05, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Boy, I agree with pitterpat - this whole thread is putting me right back in my granny's kitchen, with tightly-sealed Ball jars holding colorful bright yellow corn relish, cool green-tomato chowchow, and the "summer cucumber bowl" - thinly-sliced cucumbers and onions from her garden marinating in sweet vinegar dressing. I really loved that stuff.

And still do.

Jun 03, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta
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Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Ah yes, sweet potatoes. You're sure right that most of us in the south love us some sweet potatoes and it's a good idea to include some.

There are several choices as to how to serve them. You can go with the casserole/baked dish approach, or, since you're grilling out, you might consider grilled sweet potato kabobs. Here's a sample recipe:

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/grille...

Also, when we do steaks, chicken, ribs, etc., out on the grill, we often serve baked sweet potatoes. Bake them just like you do regular white baked potatoes. But instead of serving the typical "fixin's" like sour cream, chives, cheese, and bacon bits, keep the bacon bits, but also offer some cinnamon butter - and here's a typical recipe for that (I also add a little orange zest):

http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-swee...

Jun 03, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta
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Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Although you obviously can have a "bowl of chunky yellow cheese spread" sitting there like a dip with some Ritz crackers alongside, I'd be more likely to have a cold appetizer/salad/relish platter with the deviled eggs and pimento cheese celery boats.

You know - like this:

http://memeinge.com/blog/pimento-chee...

That recipe for the pimento cheese deviled eggs sounds great - if you have it and if you're of a mind to share...

Jun 03, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Me, too. Traditional Pecan Pie is so sweet it makes my teeth ache.

That's one thing I like about Pecan Tassies - they're basically miniature pecan pies so there's more crust to cut the sweetness.

Also, since they're finger food, they're much easier to serve, and eat, at parties. No messy slicing, no sticky forks and plates.

You might consider them for your outdoor party. There are many recipes online but here's a typical one from Southern Living:

http://www.myrecipes.com/m/recipe/pec...

Oh, and ps - Congratulations on your daughter's success. I'm sure you're as pleased as Artillery Punch.

Jun 01, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

That sounds pretty wonderful. Why don't you try a sprig of fresh mint in that seeet tea and report back.

Jun 01, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

No mint in your iced tea? True that you don't see as many 'niceties' now as you used to but there was a time when every proper hostess had mint growing in a patch right out her back door. My Atlanta sister still does.

Although that world of formal entertaining with fancy society parties and sterling, linens and lace, and fresh mint suspended in clear ice cubes, has largely disappeared.

Jun 01, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Food along I-10 from FL to CA

When are you planning on making this trek? Are you trying to scoot along pretty quickly or taking your time? Where in CA is your destination?

And how familiar are you with this route - have you done it before?

May 31, 2015
Jaymes in Central South

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Well look at you! I know y'all are going to have a great time. All y'all. And all y'all's memories will be so fun to reminisce about as the years pass.

May 30, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Cold oven pound cake with sliced peaches and/or peach ice cream would be particularly nice.

Don't forget some fresh mint for the iced tea. Tastes great and is so pretty. Seems to me that's one way to tell if a party in the south is 'fancy.' You arrive and see a jug of sun tea brewing. And there's fresh mint. Freeze some in clear ice cubes. Now that's fancy.

Put a pineapple or two on your front porch. That's a traditional sign of hospitality. It means the captain is home from his exotic travels and the family is "receiving."

May 30, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Atlanta is kinda the epicenter of all things southern. My suggestion is that you do a search for a typical "southern soul food" menu.

And, since you're entertaining a bunch of Chicagoans, exactly how "authentic" the Atlanta folks would consider your dishes, isn't really an issue. So if peach cobbler (or peach pie) would please and delight your guests, have at it. Maybe since it's an outdoor/pool party, homemade peach ice cream would be nice. (Although the first 'southern dessert' that came to my mind is pecan tassies.)

For ideas, I'd suggest you consult any of the many excellent cookbooks that focus on southern cuisine. There are some that even narrow it down to Atlanta. If you don't want to invest in cookbooks, I'm certain that you can find some in Chicago's libraries.

And peruse the menus of these restaurants:

http://www.10best.com/destinations/ge...

Good luck. It's a great idea and I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun.

And ps - definitely second the pimento cheese. Also, don't know how ubiquitous deviled/stuffed eggs are at Yankee parties, but they're sure popular in the south:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

May 30, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta
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Looking for a good buffet

This place looks great, Lo. I was unaware of it. I am often eating by myself so a good buffet allows me to try an assortment of dishes, which isn't that easy to do on my own. That's one reason I love Hugo's Sunday Brunch so much.

Thanks. And I'm going to give it a go sooner rather than later.

May 30, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Hey Houston! BruceSW wants to know where to get a great sandwich!

I've discovered that the delis in most grocery stores make pretty good sandwiches to order. They have a very wide selection of ingredients - basically everything in the store. This is important to me because there are some things that I really love on my sandwiches that sandwich shops in this part of the country rarely offer - most notably Braunschweiger.

And I like real high-end cheeses. In the sandwich shops, they ask, "What kind of cheese?" But you're just getting generic Swiss or Cheddar or whatever. I like the real deal - Emmentaler, Vermont white extra-sharp Cheddar, imported Italian provolone, etc.

And I can get all that at a grocery store deli.

Admittedly the ambience isn't exactly to die for but, if I don't want to eat it at the tables in the store, I can pick up whatever sides I want and a drink and head for a nice outdoor bench somewhere, or even home.

May 29, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Chiles Rellenos - not with poblanos?

So, figured I'd answer my own question.

I spend a lot of time in New Mexico and poblanos are not the norm there. Their chiles rellenos are slimmer - made with Hatch green chiles when they're in season and Anaheim when they're not.

So I called Santa Fe Flats and, sure enough, that's what they do as well.

May 29, 2015
Jaymes in Houston