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Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Maybe it's just a difference in style, but this sounds rather pressured for Chiang Mai. It's not that big, or complicated. I'd say relax, and allow yourself more time for wandering around markets, exploring at leisure, and pointing to what looks good. Just in the area of the night market, there is enough food to keep you occupied for a while.

Local cane syrup?

I got curious, and started searching. There is actually a Heritage Syrup festival in Henderson, TX. It seems like you should be able to buy local syrup there, or someone can tell you where to buy.

http://myetx.com/24th-annual-heritage...

Oct 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

Local cane syrup?

I can't help you with where to find syrup now, but I just had to chime in that we had a conversation just this weekend about my great-grandfather. He owned the local syrup mill in Bon Wier, TX. He produced all of the syrup for farmers in the area, on a share plan. Now I'm curious to see if any remaining family members know when he stopped making syrup.

Oct 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

OMG, Williams Sonoma

Me too. Something fun to look forward to.

Oct 21, 2014
arashall in Cookware

Emeril?

My parents recently went to both and report that Emeril's was great, and NOLA, not so great. That may depend somewhat on what you order.

Oct 15, 2014
arashall in New Orleans

Eva Airlines - has anyone had their food?

I flew EVA frequently when I lived in Bangkok. Food is pretty much "airline food" with Asian leaning flavors and dishes. It tends to be better out of Taipei than LAX. I was never in first class, so perhaps if you are, it will be better :-)

pumpkin pie recipe

I accidently did that one year when I was living overseas and didn't have the recipe in front of me. Everyone said it was the best pumpkin pie they'd ever had.

Oct 07, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Another Best Pizzaria List

Very proud that Pizaro's, in Houston, made the list. They are about a 45 minute drive from my house, but worth the trip. I love that they are a very friendly, family-owned place. Totally relaxed, but serious about the pizza. I just hope the notoriety with the various lists they've made lately doesn't make it impossible to get a table.

Sep 26, 2014
arashall in Food Media & News

"Maine" lobster rolls in Houston?

Just a quick follow up. We did not go with the entire family, as previously planned. However, my parents went to the Kingwood location for lunch and reported it pretty terrible. They said the amount of lobster on the roll was skimpy, and not fresh. Probably frozen, possibly even not real lobster? Since they have lots of seafood dining experience all over the world, and did several weeks in Maine last year, I trust their assessment. They did report that the fried clams were fairly good.

Sep 25, 2014
arashall in Houston

6.97 whole Red Snapper at HEB

Sounds fabulous! I might have to go grab some.

Sep 11, 2014
arashall in Houston

"Maine" lobster rolls in Houston?

Thanks, Lambowner! That was at the top of my list, but I had no references. We'll give it a try.

Sep 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

If the side of your fridge is exposed, I have used very strong magnets to hold knives to the side of my fridge in small spaces.

Sep 03, 2014
arashall in Cookware
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"Maine" lobster rolls in Houston?

My mother has requested to go out for lobster rolls on her birthday. Any recommendations and opinions about the best lobster rolls in Houston? I haven't been to Maine, and she has, so I'm trusting the group to send me to the best place :-) Thanks!

Sep 03, 2014
arashall in Houston

Rabbit for K9

If you have 99 Ranch, check there. The one in Houston has rabbit. Or try another large Asian grocery store.

Aug 27, 2014
arashall in Dallas - Fort Worth

Recommendations on mid-range SS cookware?

I have a couple of pieces of Simply Calphalon (I think that's what it's called) that do well.

Aug 19, 2014
arashall in Cookware

Does Anyone Have A Recipe For Steak/Pork/Veal/Chicken Breast With Buffalo Sauce?

Does it have to be steaks? Seems to me that it might translate easier to a burger? Or you might practice on burgers to get the flavor that you like with beef before you more good steaks.

Aug 18, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

A few things to get off my chest ...

I'm with James. How is this even possible that you've never heard of, much less eaten, bacon wrapped shrimp? Food of the gods!

coconut macaroons

Yes. They are not that fussy. It's also easy to dip them in melted chocolate or drizzle them after they are baked.

Aug 15, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Breaded Fried Pork Chops: What are your secrets?

I was raised on things like fried pork chops. Although I rarely make them now, I went on a bender last night and fried a nice, thick, bone-in chop. What I learned from my grandmother is not fancy, but it works. Coat the chop in seasoned flour only. Just whatever amount naturally sticks to it. Vegetable oil (instead of her Crisco) half the thickness of the chop. Heat to medium-high before you start to fry (test with a little drop of flour to see that it bubbles). Don't crowd the pan (like everyone else says). Don't try to fry super-hot, which results in burned outside, raw inside. BIG TRICK - that also applies to fried chicken - PUT THE LID ON the skillet. Somehow this creates pressure that helps it cook through better (at least that's the theory). Cook for 3-4 minutes until it releases easily from bottom of pan and is nicely browned. Flip once. Repeat. Adjust timing a minute or so either way for thickness of the pork chop. I'd recommend trying a simple method like this with a not-super-thick chop, and then working up to fancier coatings and thicker chops. Good luck and happy eating!

Aug 13, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

This makes me laugh because my sister and I had this exact conversation on the weekend. If it's not lime and tequila, it's not a margarita. It is some other cocktail. And pesto is made with basil, etc., etc.

Aug 13, 2014
arashall in Spirits
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Pantry storage: flour, sugar, etc.

I have the lime green round Tupperware set. Remembered my Mom having them and love the color. They also work great. I was a little surprised to find there's such a strong market for the real, retro type (not new fakes) on eBay. Cool colors that are back in style are priciest.

Aug 06, 2014
arashall in Cookware

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

I don't bake much in summer. Too hot. But the neighbor gave me pears from his tree, so I made a pear croustade. Sorry, no pic.

Aug 06, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

San Antonio

We weren't overly impressed with the food at Acenar. And the service was terrible on our visit. Just my two cents.

Jul 28, 2014
arashall in Texas

What Fiestaware pieces do you use the most?

I find the pie plate very handy. And the serving bowls that everyone else mentioned.

Jul 23, 2014
arashall in Cookware

the end-times are upon us. repent.

I just can't use the words "veggie" and "burger" together. There are things that people put on bread that are shaped into a patty that are made out of vegetables, and then there are burgers :-)

Jul 23, 2014
arashall in Chains
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Goode or Danton's for Dinner

I've always had good experiences at Goode Company, but I haven't been to Danton's for comparison. The atmosphere is more casual than Truluck's. The menu is less Cajun oriented than Pappadeaux.

Jul 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

Crayfish anyone?

If it were a different time of year, I'd tell you to go to large grocery chain and ask the seafood counter if they could order live crawfish for you. Since the season is over, maybe you could ask if they could order frozen in the shell? I don't think they can be frozen with the head on. Maybe somebody else has better ideas.

biscuits & gravy w/ eggs, country ham

I grew up on this kind of food. It's not fancy, and you make do with what you have. My mother and grandmother both make gravy with a fork, nothing else. Of course you can make eggs in a regular pan. That's what people did before non-stick pans :-) Whatever ham you have will be good. Some are better than others, but it's all good. Enjoy!

Jul 17, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

I don't know if the apple sauce is about getting stopped, or just being bland. When I needed the diet, I was in India, so apple sauce wasn't really available. Just green bananas and plain rice, or plain yogurt. Slooowly, in tiny amounts :-)

Jun 20, 2014
arashall in General Topics

We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

Green bananas for BRAT.

Jun 20, 2014
arashall in General Topics