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Corpus Crispi

Should add a link to the Snoopy's website:

(Note - turn down your volume unless you really like the flapping of waves, the screeching of seagulls, etc.)

http://www.snoopyspier.com/

about 14 hours ago
Jaymes in Texas

Corpus Crispi

We always have a good time out at Snoopy's. Enjoy the drive, enjoy the view, enjoy the food.

And don't stay out too long in this South Texas sun or you'll really understand the meaning of a Corpus Crispi.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Texas
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Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

Tuesday 11th works for me. So let me no when you do.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

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

That all looks great. Think I'm going to have to make a special trip into town for this.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

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

Thanks for this suggestion. Maybe in the fall?

And until then, where do you think they do a good job? (In case I don't want to wait because I don't want to wait.)

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

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

I'd definitely be there if I could but have previous obligation. Could make it Sat, or probably anytime the following week.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI - Are there any good restaurants?

Want to add that I'm surprised about El Puente. It has been several years since I was there, but I thought it was pretty good for that kind of big, full-service, frozen-margarita, chips-and-salsa type restaurant.

True, it's no Frontera Grill, but it's certainly light years ahead of Mexican Villa.

Although admittedly that's not difficult to do, since Mexican Villa has to be the worst Mexican restaurant in the history of Mexican restaurants.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Great Plains

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI - Are there any good restaurants?

Thrilled to read about your successes. I don't live in Springfield anymore, but did for several years, and recommended several of your suggestions, and more than once, with little response.

I loved Soo's. I was often the only white face in there, no matter how often I suggested others try it.

Also really liked Pho Kim.

Tortilleria Perches, and the Tamale King (sadly now closed https://www.facebook.com/TamaleKingMe... ), were my favorite Mexican haunts.

Love Tong's Thai. His basil grouper remains one of my favorite dishes I've ever had (not on the menu, you have to ask).

And I was a regular at the Farmer's Market in the parking lot of Battlefield Mall. That was when the Amish had a large presence there. I've been told they moved on to Oregon or something, so don't know how the market is now. But it was pretty wonderful then. The growing season and agriculture situation in that region certainly lends itself to excellent produce, so I'm sure there are still places to buy it.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Great Plains

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

And I've already learned something muy interesting - "vuelva de la vida" - wonderful.

I'm kinda happy about this.

Feeling a little "returned to life" myownself.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

Thank you, Bruce, for getting this going. I really enjoyed what little I was able to participate. And, were it not for you, probably wouldn't have sought out and tried that Cream of Poblano Soup at Alicia's, which I really liked. Also, Alicia's does have several locations in Houston, so I'd recommend that anyone else that enjoys this soup give theirs a try.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston

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

I'll start with El Jarrito in Katy. They look good but they're way too sweet for me. I have to "doctor them up" with hot sauce and lime juice.

I'll try as many as I can out here, focusing on restaurants that also have locations in Houston in an effort to be more helpful and informative.

1 day ago
Jaymes in Houston
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Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

I've had it several times at Fung's Kitchen.

And I think Arco Seafood has Peking Duck, but I've never tried it there. Don't know if you have to order in advance, though.

If y'all decide to do it I'll try my best. Maybe we could do a meetup.

Jul 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

No. Think "shrimp gazpacho."

Sometimes it's called "campechano" which I believe means "mixed" and it'll have other types of seafood in it, most commonly octopus. You can Google "Mexican shrimp cocktail" or "coctel de camaron" for lots of photos and descriptions.

And I'd love to do the duck (great suggestion) but living out here in Katy I wouldn't really get to participate. I'm pretty sure there are not a lot of restaurants here that offer it, if any, and I usually only get into Houston once a month or so.

However, crispy duck is one of my very favorite dishes so, if y'all do that, I will be following along eagerly.

Jul 31, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

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

I'm fine with whatever everybody else wants.

But if we're offering suggestions, how about "coctel de camaron"?

Easy to find as most every Mexican restaurant has a version.

Jul 30, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

I tried the Roasted Cream of Poblano Soup at the Alicia's out in Katy. I thought it was really wonderful. Sounds like Bruce's description - not as thick as Mexico's Deli, but richer, and much smoother. Didn't have any meat in it (like Molina's), but did have a little corn. It's definitely the overpowering flavor of the meat (sausage) in the Molina's version that I don't like, because the corn was just fine. Really love this soup, and the Alicia's is good enough that I'll be adding it to my regular rotation.

Just as an aside, I also had the Huachinango a la Veracruzana, and it was delicious as well. Starting to really like this place.

http://aliciasmexicangrille.com/locat...

Jul 30, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Spitiko Olive Oil available at Phoenicia again.

Thanks for sharing, Doobs. I'll definitely give it a try. Ever since spending time in Italy, been a big fan of the plain bruschetta - toasted Italian bread brushed with fresh garlic and topped with a sprinkle of garlic and nice dousing of olive oil. The olive oil is one of the most important flavors in this classic preparation so good oil is crucial.

Jul 24, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

For our family the best widely-available commercially-bottled salsa is Herdez, by a mile. We even did a blind taste-off and it won. The mild is mild, the medium is too hot for Yankees and little kids, and the hot is really hot.

Their canned "casera" equates to the jarred medium. Their green salsas are really good, too.

Jul 22, 2015
Jaymes in Austin

DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

I've been trying to find some places in Katy that have it. Did note online that it's on Alicia's menu, so am going there next. Haven't found anywhere else, but will keep looking.

Jul 19, 2015
Jaymes in Houston

Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

Wasn't it a radish? Would be a great campy centerpiece on the relish platter at a southern-themed buffet table - a paper mache Scarlett holding aloft a radish.

Jul 19, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

Should add that I've only tried the Cream of Poblano soup cold with the Mexico's Deli version. It's much like other "cream of" vegetable soups - vichyssoise comes immediately to mind. Not sure it'd be good with a version like Molina's with the sausage, corn, etc.

And, chifferobes (multiple spellings) are what the southerners chopped up for firewood after the Yankees came through and took everything else.

Jul 19, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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DOTM July 2015 - Cream of Poblano Soup

So howdy, y'all. Back. I've only had the Cream of Poblano at Mexico's Deli and at the Molina's on Westheimer and find each to be pretty much as previously reported. I'll only add that I wasn't much of a fan of the Molina's version. I'm sure that's just a matter of personal preference, though. I just didn't like it as much with the addition of the salchicha & corn. I'm more a "pure poblano and cream flavor" girl, and thought that the sausage, especially, overpowered it.

I've eaten the soup at Mexico's Deli many, many times, and have even taken gallons (literally) of it home to freeze. This latest time, it seemed to me that the soup was thicker, saltier, not as creamy as usual. Maybe it had been sitting in the hot-tray too long and had condensed to a point beyond what I prefer. Don't know. But brought some home to freeze and will undoubtedly add more milk or half & half until it reaches the consistency I like.

Which brings me to two other points. First, this soup freezes very well. Last winter, I froze it in single-serving portions and was very happy I had it on cold blustery evenings when I wasn't in the mood to cook.

But also, to y'all's point about hot, lukewarm, etc... I have taken it as a cold soup to picnics and it's been very well received. I get it nice and cold, then pour it into a thermos, then serve it in those little clear plastic cups that folks use for wine at picnics. You don't need spoons. I think it's just as good cold as warm. I've also served it cold in shot glasses as an appetizer.

When I serve it cold, I don't add the cheese. But have added a dollop of sour cream.

PS - Davenport. Don't think it's a regional thing so much as an old thing. All my southern relatives said it back in the old days. But now they're dead and gone. So no more talk of davenports and chifferobes and motoring to see one's relations.

Jul 18, 2015
Jaymes in Houston
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Stereotypical Atlanta Foods for party

What an absolute delight to come here and check this thread and read this report. So often on these websites we try to give our best advice and then never hear how it turned out. You, and she, will remember this send-off forever. And it'll make your Atlanta visits that much more fun.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how it went.

You're a pretty special mama, it seems to me.

Jul 08, 2015
Jaymes in Atlanta

Home, and what to hoard as a Texpat?

Interesting about breakfast tacos. I've lived in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and they all have breakfast tacos. They just call them breakfast burritos.

Which some folks would say is technically correct, since they're wrapped in flour tortillas, and not corn.

But for more about which Texas products to hoard, you might check out some of the threads about Texas favorites.

Like this one:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891936

Jul 07, 2015
Jaymes in Texas
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Home, and what to hoard as a Texpat?

First - condolences.

And TexJoy steak seasoning. I always haul some with me when I have to leave the state.

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