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Uchi

After a long time away we are returning to Austin for a few days next week. I have read gret things about Uchi and booked us a table.

Can I get some opinions about what we shouldn't miss? We are both adventurous but our Japanese food experience to date has been restricted to fairly pedestrian sushi, especially now we are back in the UK. So, what should we try? I'd be grateful for any ideas. The menu sounds so great and I don't want to miss out on any gems.

Also, has anyone had the omakase and what is likely to be the price tag? Says 'market price' which is meaningless to me but suggests expensive ...

Thanks in advance ... I can't wait to go!

Jun 11, 2008
claireh in Austin

Le Creuset ridged griddle

Thanks - I will try oiling it more before use. I tend to only cook steaks, etc on it.
I don't have a convection oven which is good. I am still nervous about Barkeeper's Friend, so will try a little old fashioned elbow grease! I tend to give up a little easily on projects like this but I love my LC ware so its worth it. I love how the interior has darkened with use in my dutch oven.
Thanks again

May 17, 2008
claireh in Cookware

Le Creuset ridged griddle

I am not sure if we ever seasoned this when we got it!
Food sticks pretty badly now and it gets very smokey quickly.
I was wondering if seasoning it now would make any difference - or should I accept that it will always do it?If so, what would be the best way to season it?

Second question - I have a few LC enamelled items and they are quite badly marked by, I guess, grease (?) on the outside. I would like to clean them up: any idea on the best way to do this? I heard Barmans' Friend recommended somewhere but I am a little dubious.

Thanks in advance

May 16, 2008
claireh in Cookware

[Surrey, Woking] Lunch and/or casual dinner?

I have been to Wisley several times. I really can't recommend the restaurant for anything more than a cup of tea. I found the food very overpriced and not great quality. Wisley itself is lovely especially at this time of year.
About 15 minutes away is Esher, where I have really enjoyed the Sherpa Kitchen Nepalese restaurant. Its a couple of years since I have been as I no longer live in the area but the food was delicious and the staff very friendly. I reckon it would still be as good - it seemed pretty established and popular.
Good luck, hope you have nice time and happy chowing!

May 09, 2008
claireh in U.K./Ireland

More than Just Arm Candy

I fail to understand why this is here.
If it was a post, it would likely be removed for being off topic.

Apr 29, 2008
claireh in Features

Food: Fortune Telling and Superstitions

Cutting a cross in the top of a loaf of Irish soda bread before baking 'lets the devil out'!
Not looking people in the eye when you say 'cheers' means you will be unlucky in love.
Also my grandmother used to say that one person only should 'be mother' and pour everyone's tea. If another person poured the tea, they would have ginger twins! (Very strange one, I know.)

Apr 15, 2008
claireh in Not About Food

Andouille / Cajn Sausage in UK?

Having lived in Texas for a few years as well as spending some time in Nawlins, I got pretty addicted to red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, etc, and trying to create these back in the UK has been hampered by the lack of decent Cajun sausage.

I have made some decent attempts with good kielbasa, which, thanks to plenty of Polish immigrants around here, is plentiful and good in supply, but it is lacking something.

Has anyone had any luck in finding good andouille or similar over here - on the Internet for preference? I live in Gloucestershire but am willing to travel to London if necessary.
Thanks ...

Apr 05, 2008
claireh in U.K./Ireland

[Cheltenham] Le Champignon Sauvage & LumiƩre

You're welcome, glad you enjoyed yourself.
I liked reading your report about both places. They both sound wonderful, and I can't wait to try them.

Feb 12, 2008
claireh in U.K./Ireland

Cheltenham

Phil
I believe Le Champignon Sauvage is meant to be fantastic, but have not had the chance to try it since we moved here a couple of months ago.
Monty's Brasserie is really good, in my opinion, despite the fact that it is in a hotel. For bar food, the Montpellier Wine Bar is nice although the drinks are expensive. Ditto the Hotel du Vin.
I believe there are some good places in the Suffolks, just near the Montpellier area, certainly the pub called the Beehive (I think that's its name) is nice.
Despite what others have said Cheltenham is a great town, just stay closer to the Montpellier and Suffolks area rather than the High Street.
Have fun!

Jan 13, 2008
claireh in U.K./Ireland

Thawing Lamb Shanks / Cooking from Frozen

I bought a couple of lamb shanks from the butcher today and they look great but they were frozen - the butcher said you can cook them from frozen but now I'm not so sure.

I was planning on cooking them in the oven on a low temp for about an hour and a half - just in some stock, wine and herbs. Would you add a bit of extra time on? Do you think they will turn out OK?

Also, how long would people think they would take to defrost? They weigh about a pound each.

Thanks in advance.

Dec 22, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Mercury Chophouse

Meant to say that this is in Fort Worth. Any opinions?
Thanks!

Jun 01, 2007
claireh in Texas

Mercury Chophouse

In sundance square - does anyone recommend (or not recommend!) this place? It looks kind of expensive - anyone been there? Is it worth it?
Thanks

Jun 01, 2007
claireh in Texas

Jam Roly Poly Help!!

Thanks for the advice Smartie. We didn't make it in the end - but will look forward to making it this weekend.

May 26, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Jam Roly Poly Help!!

I decided to make a jam roly poly pudding for hubby's birthday tonight, and as I am in the US and could not get suet, I got shortening as a reasonable substitute.

Now I am having doubts as to whether this will work. Has anyone cooked this successfully with shortening instead of suet? Or does anyone have a suet-less recipe?

(I realise some people may not know what jam roly poly is, as it is an English dessert. It is a steamed suet pudding, rolled up, with jam inside. Equally Brits who know what the pudding is, but not what shortening is, its a little bit like lard but softer)

Help!! Need to make in a couple of hours.

Thanks in advance

May 23, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Cafe Ashton - FW

Anyone had afternoon tea here? Is it any good?

May 18, 2007
claireh in Texas

My London Trip-4/20/07

Sounds like you had a fabulous time. It was nice to see you went to the Zetter, my husband and I stayed in the hotel for two nights after our wedding, and had the most beautiful meal there on our first full day as newly weds. Very fond memories. Gordon Ramsey's sounds divine, and has gone on my must try list.

May 17, 2007
claireh in U.K./Ireland

Stephen Pyles - tapas/meze?

Thanks all for the feeback. I know my husband would like that rib-eye. Cant wait to try the place!

May 17, 2007
claireh in Texas

Stephen Pyles - tapas/meze?

Thinking of trying Stephen Pyles for dinner. It is a special occasion for my husband and I but that doesn't mean it has to be a three course meal. Are the tapas and meze good for a meal? They all sound good, but would we be disppointed if we had them instead of going for the main menu?
Any thoughts? It is a pricey place, for us, is the general consensus that it is worth it? Any other suggestions if not, in the same ballpark? We are staying at the Fairmont.
Thanks

May 16, 2007
claireh in Texas

Snob terminology [Moved from Ontario Board]

Umm... anyone in the UK buys mange tout, this is a well used and common term over there. Just because it is not commonly employed in the US does not make it snob terminology.
A quick check shows that the poster you refer to is based in London.

May 15, 2007
claireh in Not About Food

Galatoire's for lunch

Does anyone know if jackets are required for a weekday lunch at Galatoire's? It says on the website jackets for dinner and all day Sunday, which I would interpret as meaning that lunch is OK for no jacket. Its just that my husband and I were hoping to travel light and he doesn't really want to bring one ... I wanted a confirmation from someone who knows

Also from someone who knows - is the menu the same at lunch or is there a different one, and is it a good place for lunch? (We were thinking of going on a Friday or Saturday)
Thanks

May 12, 2007
claireh in New Orleans

Antoine's, Arnaud's,Galatoire's

Thanks for the advice.

May 12, 2007
claireh in New Orleans

Antoine's, Arnaud's,Galatoire's

I am going to New Orleans next month and have persuaded mu husband to take me to Galatoire's - yay. You have persuaded me with the no reservations point. One question - if we turn up on a weekend night, at 5 like you say, are we likely to get in, or might we end up disappointed? What if we went at 8? Thanks.

May 11, 2007
claireh in New Orleans

Need two recs for Ft. Worth

Haven't been to Lonesome Dove but its on my list of places I want to try. I would second Adkim's suggestion to skip Del Frisco's - way overpriced, imo - and try Lanny's - the tasting menu is usually excellent. Of the two, I would go with Lanny's, but only because I haven't tried Lonesome Dove yet.
As for breakfast, I would go with Esperanza's over Paris Coffee Shop. Esperanza's is away from the Stockyards towards Downtown on North Main. Or, right where you are staying, H3 in the Stockyards Hotel does great weekend brunches. The rainbow trout is delicious. It is not my favourite place for dinner, although it is good, but for brunch it's great.
Have a great trip.

May 03, 2007
claireh in Texas

Re-heating frozen cornbread?

I made cornbread a couple of weeks ago and stuck half of it in the freezer. I want to have it tonight with gumbo. It is now defrosted, and tastes fine, but I prefer my cornbread warm. Will it survive if I put it in the oven for ten minutes, or will it go dry?

Thanks

Mar 22, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

No self-respecting hound would go out to dinner tonight - what's on your home-cooked menu?

We are cooking together and doing marinated tiger prawns, then radicchio and pancetta risotto, then strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Drinking Marlborough Riesling and sparkling rose. Can't wait!

Feb 14, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Roy's - Austin

Oh wow - I don't think I will bother. We know plenty of other good places in Austin so we will definitely steer clear
Thanks so much for the info.

Feb 12, 2007
claireh in Chains

Roy's - Austin

We are thinking of trying this place next time we are down in Austin. From the website I like the look of it but I couldn't get an approximate idea of price: can anyone who has been there give me a rough idea of the average entree?
Thanks
PS: Is it actually any good?!

Feb 08, 2007
claireh in Chains

Heirloom Tomatoes

Thank you all for your advice. I am not from the States so I was not sure what the true tomato season is! I will wait till summer when I am sure I will enjoy Heatherb's delicious sounding idea for bruschetta ... yum.

Feb 08, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Heirloom Tomatoes

In my local supermarket they have a big display of amazingly colorful heirloom tomatoes. I keep hearing about how good they are but have never tried one.
My questions are: is this a good time of year to buy them, or will I be getting substandard ones? (I live in North Texas)
Any recipe ideas? Is it best to keep preparation to a minimum and just have them in a simple salad?
Are they worth the fuss in general - will I notice the difference from a standard tomato?
Thanks in advance

Feb 05, 2007
claireh in Home Cooking

Garlic: crushed or chopped?

Agreed - I would never by the stuff in bottles. My friend used to use it in college and it was not good!
I use the method you suggest quite a lot actually. It smells gorgeous.

Oct 16, 2006
claireh in Home Cooking