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Dual-Use Kitchen Stuff

Good idea! I never know what to do with mine. It's wrapped around a rolling pin, but doesn't quite stay in place.

Apr 17, 2014
arashall in Cookware

What food have you lost a taste for?

James,

I don't think it comes in single serve, but when you're able to walk and carry a big carton, check out the new salted caramel Bluebell. It's my dangerous new addiction. Wishes for a good recovery!

Apr 15, 2014
arashall in General Topics
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Caracol (Hugo's owned new restaurant) last night

Yes, I did too! That's what made me pick Caracol for my celebration lunch. I'd not been able to make up my mind because there are so many good places to choose from when I'm spending the company's money instead of my own ;-)

Apr 11, 2014
arashall in Houston

Caracol (Hugo's owned new restaurant) last night

I get to visit Caracol next month to celebrate 10 years with my company. Can anyone who has been recently recommend dishes that you've really enjoyed? Thanks!

Apr 10, 2014
arashall in Houston

Good Pizza Place That Delivers Near Town & Country/ Memorial Area

When I worked in the energy corridor, I used Brothers for big meetings with a couple of hundred guys. They can handle a big order if you plan ahead. They were always on time and the order was correct. Not fancy pizza, but consistent NY style. And I like that they are a family-owned place.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Houston
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Taking my mother to dinner

I was thinking about the far west side of town, and Le Mistral came to mind. I don't know about fun, but it has a very nice atmosphere and delicious food. It please my Mom, and she can be tough to please :-)

http://www.lemistralhouston.com/

I'll also second, or third Hugo's. The menu at Hugo's is also fairly meat oriented.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Houston

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

I was just going to mention this. I had very good pizza in Amsterdam, and everybody in the place ate with knife and fork. They looked at us like we had lost our minds when we suggested cutting the pie into pieces. However, I've also eaten pizza in Italy, with Italians, who ate it American style, by hand.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Not About Food

Wonderful Texas Pink Grapefruit in Boston?

I don't know about them getting shipped to you, but I'm in Houston, and the season has passed. They are generally in the December-January time frame. Not that they may not have been held for a while, and then shipped.

Mar 25, 2014
arashall in Greater Boston Area

Crawfish Boil Tricks

I went to a crawfish boil where they threw in big fat mushrooms along with the corn and potatoes. They were delicious! They soak up the spice very nicely.

Mar 25, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking
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Plane Food for a LOOONG Flight--Frozen pastrami?

If you're in business class, they will feed you :-) Trust me. They will offer several snacks.

Mar 25, 2014
arashall in General Topics
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Bon Appetite says Sirarcha's "Totally Over." Agree?

Based on my observation of how many people use the bottles in the company cafeteria at my large, multi-culteral office, I'd say Bon Appetite got it wrong,

Mar 18, 2014
arashall in Food Media & News
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Breakfast in Rome

You might also consider taking some bread, jam, fruit, cheese, whatever takes your fancy back to your room in the evenings, and then having that for breakfast before your leave your room to see the sites.

Mar 17, 2014
arashall in Italy
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Dallas Hound needs some recs

I really like Kasra. Definitely worth trying if you like Persian. At least as good as Cafe Caspian, with a little more varied menu. Very nice service, as well.

Mar 17, 2014
arashall in Houston

Houston, Where do you take visitors?

Oops! I mis-read. "uber casual", not cool. I don't think it's uber anything.

Mar 12, 2014
arashall in Houston

Houston, Where do you take visitors?

I don't know about uber cool (or any kind of cool), but they make great tacos and grilled chicken, and beans "preparado". Everything is done over a charcoal grill. Big bags of charcoal everywhere.

Mar 12, 2014
arashall in Houston

Favourite sweet pie??

Coconut meringue, but only my grandmother's recipe. Blueberry with regular pie crust is a close second.

Mar 12, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Flour/Corn Meal Ratio When Frying

I'll vote with Uncle Bob. My family is all from Louisiana and east Texas. We use just straight cornmeal, seasoned very simply. The fish are usually fresh out of the lake, though. They are wet from being cleaned and the cornmeal sticks. Deep fry in peanut oil hot and fast.

Mar 12, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Worth feeding squirrels peanuts if all they do is bury them?

Local newspaper columnist refers to squirrels as "rats with a good publicity agent".

Mar 06, 2014
arashall in Not About Food
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Looking for an inexpensive white wine recommendation.

And frequently on sale at Target for even less than the 8.99.

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Wine
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Houston, Where do you take visitors?

Most recently, Karancho's, Vieng Thai, and Goode Company Seafood. And I like taking people to Hugo's.

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

Recs for a few days?

Ah...this was my brain on drugs. I meant Vieng Thai, anyway. I was in the wrong city.

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

Anniversary dinner

I'd consider Backstreet Cafe. Also by chef Hugo Ortega.

http://backstreetcafe.net/about.html

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

Anniversary dinner

OK. I'm going to confess. After several years of hearing the hype, I finally made it to Dolce Vita, for my birthday, week before last. I'm sorry. I was not impressed with the pizza. It was good, but certainly not mind-blowing. Maybe it was an off night. Crust was not even nicely browned on edges. And I'd be willing to bet good money that my pistacio gelato was Blue Bell. It was bright green.

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

microplane, i need a good one. please advise.

I've had the old Microplane "classic" grater/zester for many years. It's still in credibly sharp and I use it for everything from citrus rind to nutmeg. I'd go with the Microplane brand, and pick the shape you find most comfortable, and the size of grate you use most.

Mar 04, 2014
arashall in Cookware

Recs for a few days?

I assume you mean Nara Thai? Excellent. I lived in Thailand for 3 years, so I have a fairly good reference point. I took Thai friends who had been in the mid-west for several months without Thai food, and they were very pleased. You can also order off-menu. You don't go there for the decor, you go for the food.

Mar 03, 2014
arashall in Houston

Anniversary dinner

Oh my! That is a big field. Would you mind sharing where you are from, or what you have lots of in your area, so that we can point you toward something good that you might not have all the time? If you're from San Antonio, we don't want to recommend Tex Mex :-)

Mar 03, 2014
arashall in Houston

Dinner tonight between Fiolas and JW Marriott

Just FYI - I'll confirm that the restaurant's at the JW are pretty awful.

Feb 26, 2014
arashall in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anybody on this board seen or done a WHOLE SWORD FISH over fire?

Wow! This is sounding fabulous! I wish you much success! Please share pictures and results after the big event.

Feb 13, 2014
arashall in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Grater recommendations?

Me too. I have fancier ones, but this is the one that gets used the most.

Feb 12, 2014
arashall in Cookware

Do you remember what the first dish you prepared from a recipe was?

Millionaire Pie (of Furr's cafeteria fame), in about 1976? My best friend and I were about 9, I think. A REALLY sweet concoction that involved lots of powdered sugar, canned pineapple, and Cool Whip. I think we got the recipe from her grandmother.

Feb 12, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking