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New HEB, Fountainview and San Felipe, Now Open (9 1/2 Thoughts)

I think you mean "Doobious," don't you? Don't forget to report back. I love HEB. Not perfect, of course, but easily the best large-chain grocery purveyor I've ever found.

Feb 26, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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New HEB, Fountainview and San Felipe, Now Open (9 1/2 Thoughts)

What is Table 57?

Feb 26, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Tucson Mexican with gringo friendly dishes

I'm not a fan of fajitas but I do notice that many folks that don't care for "Mexican food" usually order them. I guess he's tried that...?

Feb 23, 2015
Jaymes in Southwest

Wolf Brand Chili Clone

I have moved more times than I can count (literally) and a decade or so ago that often did mean having to get used to life without this or that favorite food.

But no more.

Now (with non-perishables anyway), I just go online and order it.

Right now, in my pantry, got a case of New England brown bread baked in cans, Amish pickled eggs, Lovera's Italian beets, and several other items that I have been unable to easily locate here.

Amazon sells several varieties of Wolf brand chili.

If I were you, I'd order some.

Yes, you often have to order a case (or more than you think you can use up quickly) but these canned and jarred products stay good for years, and if you're not clipping through them quickly enough, you can always share with family, friends and neighbors.

You say that, in your experience, the shipping costs are "prohibitive." If you order enough, the cost balances out. Of course, it still may not be worth it to you. It is to me.

Because hey - ain't nothing perfect in this world. And I'd rather pay a little bit more per can than do without a favorite.

Feb 23, 2015
Jaymes in Texas

Tucson Mexican with gringo friendly dishes

We often took out-of-town visitors to the Arizona Inn. It's too pricey for us to be regulars but it's so beautiful and they definitely have something for everyone. http://arizonainn.com/dining/

Also, in addition to looking for a Mexican restaurant that offers gringo food, you might try it the other way around as well. In deference to the location and tastes and preferences of the majority there, many non-Mexican restaurants have quite a number of Mexican items on their menu.

Feb 21, 2015
Jaymes in Southwest

Mexican Food Generally and in Tucson, Question for Hounds at the End.

Admittedly I haven't spent much time in Tucson since moving away from there years ago but, regarding caldo de queso, we liked it at Micha's and Mi Nidito. And, in my experience anyway, pretty much every 'mama y papa' Mexican restaurant in Tucson had it, even if it wasn't on the menu. You just had to ask.

Feb 19, 2015
Jaymes in Southwest

Valentine's Day Retrospective

So sorry to have been such a cynical Debbie Downer!

But c'mon folks, I know some of you have sweeties. JC, what did you do for the wifecita?

And Doobs, did you do anything particularly nice for OBD?

Feb 18, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Valentine's Day Retrospective

Alas, I would love to share gossipy bits of a sublime and romantic supper for two but cannot, as I jettisoned my so-called valentine several years back.

So this year, went to HEB and picked up a bottle of champagne and a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries and then went home and drank and ate it all, all by myself.

The only way this differs from Valentines past is that now there is no crabby selfish husband holed up in the den complaining about "stupid invented Hallmark holidays."

For those of you that share Valentine's Day with an actual valentine, you have my best wishes.

You, and they, are much blessed.

Texas Itinerary Help

Spring is beautiful in Central Texas. With luck (you never know) it might even be bluebonnet season.

Feb 14, 2015
Jaymes in Texas
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

And you, you're just a stinker.

I am so often confused with Ingrid Bergman.

(Back in the days when she was alive, I mean.)

Feb 13, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

I don't think there's "anything" "going on" to "know," seriously. You don't know any less than the rest of us, and I mean it. Like JC said, one time, at least two years ago, Doobs and I went to Polonia and JC showed up. Haven't seen him since (Have I?) I love your posts (and screen name, too, BTW) and would really like to meet you. Just name a time and place and I'm there!

PS Wish there were some way to send a private message on CH. (There isn't, is there? )

Feb 13, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Texas Itinerary Help

Wondering when this trip is planned and hoping you check back with us and let us know how things went.

I'm sure each of us that contributed our thoughts, ideas and suggestions would love to hear what worked well...

And what didn't.

Feb 13, 2015
Jaymes in Texas

is there any good indian in katy?

Want to reiterate my recommendation for Tandoori Garden. It's small but quite nice and I think the food is very good. Don't know how many of you are in Katy during the day (vs working in Houston and only being out here evenings) but Tandoori Garden has an excellent small lunchtime buffet.

I often visit restaurants by myself so can't do my favorite: "family-style" with a big group. Buffets are the next best thing and Tandoori's is a great choice.

Feb 12, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

I'm definitely going to make that festival this year. And kudos to your dad - we all owe all of them everything.

Feb 12, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

I THOUGHT I remembered that. Then decided I must have been mistaken. Yeah, you and Doobs and I and a few sausages.

And a WWII map.

Those were the good ol' days.

Feb 11, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

Went with my son, who had invited me to come into town to go to church with him, and then to brunch.

The sandwiches were good, but just not wowsers, you know? Here's a link to the Common Bond brunch menu.

http://wearecommonbond.com/brunch

My son and I each had a half of the Breakfast Sandwich, and the Chicken Torta. They were pretty typical, I'd say, of the trendy sorts of invented sandwiches at trendy sorts of cafes. They were fine; just not something I'd drive into town for, let alone brave that Sunday-after-church crowd.

As opposed to, say, Revival. And Alamo. (And, JC, Polonia, which I adore, and for which I do drive into town.)

Although not, as Doobs noted, Goode Company BBQ.

Feb 09, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

So alas Doobs, obviously my query didn't reach you in a timely manner and we were forced to soldier on without an advance briefing. And indeed soldiering was required to make our way through the crowds. Won't be going there again on Sunday immediately following church.

But as for what we had: sandwiches, tasty yes, but not worth the fuss; vanilla latte, tasty yes, but not worth the fuss; lemon tarts, tasty yes and maybe worth the fuss; kouign amann, tasty yes and definitely worth the fuss.

Ding dang y'all - now that stuff was good!

Feb 08, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Saturday Last, (fit, Papa Charlie's BBQ, Jackson's Watering Hole, Common Bond and Central Market)

Joining my son for lunch tomorrow. He's suggesting Common Bond. What shall we order?

Feb 07, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

is there any good indian in katy?

Both Mantra and Tandoori do serve beer & wine.

But no hard liquor.

Feb 06, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Well golly, thanks, and I'm glad I can be of help. I've moved so many times in my life (over 50, and all over the world) that I'm intimately familiar with how it feels to be new in town and know nothing.

However I do need to point out that it's not only I contributing to this thread; for example, I drove by Tacos y Tortas Adrian for a year before stopping in to check it out. I had noticed that there always seemed to be plenty of cars in the parking lot and thought that I should investigate, but it wasn't until a strong recommendation from txpickyeater that I actually did it.

By the way, there's a small Filipino store in the same strip mall as the Tacos y Tortas Adrian on Westgreen that sells coconut jam (kaya). So good.

Feb 05, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

is there any good indian in katy?

Tandoori Garden and Mantra.

Udipi gets good reviews but I've never been there. It's vegetarian and that just doesn't appeal to me. I'm always happy to see vegetarian items on a menu (and frequently order them) but there's something about having a restaurant that's nothing but that seems limiting. Also, I often eat out with my family and there's no way that my son and son-in-law would want to go there.

However, as I said, it gets great reviews so you might want to give it a try.

http://www.mantraindianrestaurant.com/
http://www.tandoorigardenkaty.com/

Feb 05, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Definitely not as bad during the lunch hour.

I think many (if not most) restaurant/kitchen workers probably smoke but it doesn't seem usually to affect the front of the house. The dinner hour at Ephesus is so obviously problematic that the management there has said it's due to the common attic with the bar and that they've spoken with the strip mall owners who won't spend the money to fix it.

But we do really like their food, so we'll just continue to do takeout and delivery.

Feb 04, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Sushi Jin

You did not "go on too long;" your post was (as usual) muy interesting, informative and entertaining and I immediately mapped it to see how far it is from my house and I'm going to give it a go sometime soon!

By the by, thanks for the compliments, but don't sell yourself short. You know plenty. Your knowledge is especially comprehensive and invaluable (and far, far superior to mine) when it comes to Houston and south Texas.

And we're all pleased as Artillery Punch (you have to say that with a southern accent) to see you back here sharing it.

Feb 02, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

need chinese in katy area

Know this is an old thread but in case anyone else is looking for Chinese in Katy, want to say that we're also fond of T Jin. They have two locations in Katy - one over by the HEB at Katy Mills Mall, and one on north Fry. And they deliver.

In fact, think I'm going to call them right now. Particularly love their steamed pork dumplings and they freeze well.

http://www.katytjin.com/default.asp

Jan 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Sushi Jin

Thank you, Doobie-Wan. I listen.

And learn.

Jan 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Yep, the food is definitely not top-tier, but serviceable, and, while I wouldn't drive out of my way for it, they've got a great location. I think they might last a while.

Jan 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Unfortunately, Ephesus is in the same strip mall with a bar, and they share attic space. As a result, the smell of cigarette smoke in Ephesus in the evenings is pretty repulsive. We can't manage it, although we've tried several times. The food is definitely good there, though. And they do offer delivery, so we take advantage of that. And take-out, of course. I sure wish they'd move somewhere where we didn't have to put up with that disgusting cigarette smoke. Or, better, if Katy would just ban smoking in public businesses. I'm sure that the owners of the bar think that smoking helps their bottom line, but it doesn't seem fair to allow the smoke in that bar to have such a negative effect on other businesses in the same strip mall.

As far as Ephesus having "some competition" from Dimassi's - the food at Ephesus is far superior. Were it not for the smoke, I don't think Dimassi's would offer Ephesus much competition at all.

Although there is something to be said for a buffet where the food is fast and inexpensive. But fast and inexpensive caters to a much different market than a full-service sit-down restaurant with excellent food.

Jan 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

New to Katy area... suggestions, please!

Two new restaurants in Katy. Actually, two new locations of chains in Katy.

Pollo Loco: http://www.elpolloloco.com/our-food/
Having lived in Southern California and Tucson AZ, we were pretty accustomed to Pollo Loco even to the point of missing it. I tried several Latin-style chicken places in Katy, but they were not the same. Pollo Loco marinates the chicken in a citrus-based recipe, then grills it. You get your chicken along with tortillas, salsas, beans, etc. We absolutely loved this and it was our standard "go to" for picnic types of meals. In Tucson, every summer Sunday, we'd stop off at Pollo Loco, grab our chickens and fixin's, and then go to the outdoor concerts at the bandshell. When I saw that Pollo Loco had opened on what seemed to be a corner where restaurants go to die (Mason & Provincial), I couldn't get there fast enough. Love this place and am so happy they're here.

Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet: http://dimassi.com/
Med food is one of my very favorites and I was also happy to see that a Katy location had opened up on the I-10 feeder road, south side, between Grand Parkway and Mason (used to be Taqueria Arandas). Went there last night. It's pretty good - not the best Med food I've ever had, but still good. Thought the price was right and I'm sure I'll be a regular. There have been two other Med buffets that tried to give it a go in Katy, but they each lasted only about a year. I thought the food at each was superior to Dimassi's, but the location was awful. Another place where restaurants go to die. The first was "Naranj" and the second was "Saltena" each in the same location. Now there's a Mexican seafood grill there (http://chezgrill.com/index.html) and, judging from the cars in the parking lot, it's struggling as well.

Jan 29, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Texas Itinerary Help

I just love me some Doobs. Glad to see you arrive with your usual excellent advice.

And, speaking of Uchi, does anyone know if Paul Qui is still up in Austin?

http://www.starchefs.com/cook/chefs/b...

Jan 23, 2015
Jaymes in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Re "campechana" - actually don't think it's a "Texas thang" as I had them all over Mexico (and in Mexican restaurants in Ariz, California, & New Mexico) for decades before I regularly saw them on menus here.

But I second Bruce's recommendation to try one while you're down here.

Don't know where you're from, Mr. Q. Ball, but, if you're not familiar with Mexican-style shrimp cocktails, that's something you should rectify. Mexican-style shrimp cocktails are served in a spicy tomato broth - more like a Spanish gazpacho with shrimp than our shrimp cocktails, and you eat them with a spoon.

I'm not a native Spanish speaker but I've been told that "campechana" means "a mixture" (in addition to meaning "a woman from Campeche") so on Mexican menus you'll see "coctel de camarones" which are made with just shrimp, and "coctel campechana" which are made with a mixture of seafood, usually including shrimp, octopus, etc.

Several of us have suggested that you visit Hugo's in Houston. Here's a link to an article in Texas Monthly about Hugo Ortega's Coctel a la Campechana:
http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/coc...

Jan 21, 2015
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