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Nice Restaurants in FQ with non Seafood Options

I know you said not crazy expensive or requires a jacket. But, you might want to try Galatoires. They are known for their seafood but also for their Filet with Bearnaise (sorry, no accent mark). They will even provide you with a jacket if you don't have one. Check out the menu and see if you want to stretch your budget. It's an experience worth stretching for.

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Sep 08, 2010
overresearched in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher

Considering that Butcher's speciality is pork, I think it's safe to say that it is definitely not trying to replicate a Jewish deli.


Aug 18, 2010
overresearched in New Orleans

Heat Tolerance of Parchment Paper

How about Reynolds Release Non-Stick Aluminum Foil? It's rated up to 650 degrees. Here's the FAQ:

Apr 20, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

good "starter" food processor that works?

What is it you want to do with the processor?
Make perfect julienne fries everytime?

In other words, what fruits or vegs are you going to run through the device.

Mar 30, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Must have!

The best advice is to start slow, think about what you cook now and buy what you need to make those dishes. Then, as you expand your horzions look at the tools, pots or whatever needed to make what you want to make.

Mar 23, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Restaurant Now Closed Northwest Hwy and Hillcrest

The place was called EZ's. It was located in a former Kips Big Boy. Here is a link showing the building on a website celebrating "Googie" architecture:

This is a link to EZ's corporate website. I did not see any locations left in Dallas.

Euro Pane Bakery, Pasadena

The LA Times posted the recipe for Euro Pane's Lemon Squares. I made them for my office. They liked them better than the New York Time's Chocolate Chip Cookes, and they constantly request them. The link for the squares is here:

Can I make ice cream with a vintage KitchenAid stand mixer?

Typed too quickly. I meant Flour Power Rating. Also, misspelled attachment.

Mar 08, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Can I make ice cream with a vintage KitchenAid stand mixer?

The big question is what will you use the mixer for besides ice cream. KA uses what they call a Flower Power Rating that shows how much flour each mixer can handle. For example:

Classic Series - 8 Cups
Artisan - 9 Cups
Commercial 5 Series - 11 Cup

Also, according to one of the moderators on KitchenAid Conversations, the Ice Cream Attachement will not work with KA Mixers made before 1989:

Mar 08, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Food processor than can handle ice, hard cheeses, lobster shells?

If all you are doing is chopping/grinding stale bread into bread crumbs and have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, buy the Food Grinder Attachment (FGA).

Mar 07, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Anyone Else Cookware Obsessed?

I have a subset of CO called ESCO or Estate Sale Cookware Obsessed where I go to Estate Sales, buy cookware and hope I didn't overpay. Becasue of ESCO, I have purchased:

1 4.5 Mixing Bowl with Lid for my KitchenAid Classic Stand mixer along with the Food Grinder Attachment, the RVSA and a KA receipe book - $40. (In a related disorder OSC or Oversurfing Craigslist I bought the KA for $80.)

1 Atlas Copper Insert for my KA mixing bowl -$40 but I haven't used it but did make it look weird using Bar Keepers Friend. It has a stange discoloration inside it.

1 1950's KitchenAid 3-C Standmixer with Metal FGA - $25. The Metal FGA has a rusted metal plate so I don't really want to use it. The 3-C still works.

1 8 QT Caphalon Non-Stick Stockpot with Pasta Insert and lid - $28. I did scratch the inside taking it home but Caphalon says it doesn't really matter.

1 1.5 QT Caphalon Non-Stick Sauce pan with lid - $10.

1 Nonstick medium jelly roll pan - $3.

1 steel ladle - $.25

1 plastic ladle - $3 (I was blackmailed by the seller after I used the restroom).

1 springform pan - $2 but it leaks

1 Pyrex loaf pan - $5

6 small jars with lids - $6 and I have no idea what I will use these for.

1 Descoware 8 inch (?) skillet - $8

Now, some of these may be good prices. However, I have had to go to at least fifty houses to find them. I'm boring my friends and family. Plus, at some of the sales they sell the food out of the pantries and I'm getting tempted to buy. Stop me before I buy the Dead Man's Food.

Mar 05, 2010
overresearched in Cookware

Boneless chicken breasts bore me to tears

Brine them using the Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Recipe (available on amazon), and then either fry them or grill them in a George Foreman grill.

Mar 01, 2010
overresearched in Home Cooking

Stand Mixer 101 !

You need to search the boards. While you are doing that, there are several things to look for:

1. What do you want to mix? The Artisian is great for most tasks. However, if you are making several loaves of bread a day you may want to look for a more powerful mixer.

2. Tilt Head vs. Lift Bowl - The difference is how the mixer possitions itself to allow beater changes and bowl removal. Tilt heads such as the Artisan tilt their heads up to allow for these functions. Lift bowls such as the Pro 600 lift the bowl up and down. Usually, lift bowls have a bigger capacity and allow the use of the water jacket accessory for temparture control during mixing (vs. freezing or heating the bowl).

Dec 28, 2009
overresearched in Cookware

why have stand mixers replaced hand mixers?

Actually, at least for TV hand mixers have replaced stand mixers for most mixing. As an example, Alton Brown uses a hand mixer for whipping cream and mixing directly in pots. He only uses a stand mixer for heavy mixing jobs.

Using a hand mixer and a glass bowl, a TV chef can show more than with a stand mixer. Also, TV chefs usually use KItchenAid Artisans vs. the lift bowl models because it is easier for the camera to show what's going on inside.

Dec 24, 2009
overresearched in Cookware

Kitchenaid Mixer

Could you answer some questions such as?

What do you bake? Cookies? Cakes? Bread?
Do you want to grind meat or use the other accessories?

Dec 17, 2009
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short 4 day trip to LA to BCS game need help with area

You need to narrow down your question. LA is huge. Here's some things to include:

1. Will you have a car?
2. Do you want tourista or stuff you don't have at home.
3. What kinds of food do you like?
4. Are you on a budget or can splurge?

Remember, search the board first and then ask specific questions later.

The moderators will probably want you to limit yourself to food related questions. But if you like musuems, I'd check the websites of the majors to see if the following are open and if you like what's showing (Peterson Automotive, Norton Simon, Huntington, Getty, and LACMA).

What do I need for Christmas? What amazing doodad don't I have that I must?

Since you have a KitchenAid Artisan, I'd look at getting an extra bowl or bowls for it. You could get another 5 quart bowl or a 3 quart bowl for mixes and whipped cream. That way, you could get rid of the Sunbeam if you wanted. The KA bowl covers are also handy if you need to stash something in the fridge. Not amazing, but helps when making multiple things for one meal.

Dec 14, 2009
overresearched in Cookware

Dallas Steakhouse, but not a chain

I've gotten into Bob's in jeans. Al Biernat's lists a business casual dress code. Can't you get him to pack slacks? Jeans will keep him out of III Forks and Del Frisco.

Thomas Keller's Fried Chicken

For those who have attempted it, when you brine the chicken do you take out the bay leaves and other remains at the bottom of the pot or do you strain them out?

Dec 10, 2009
overresearched in Home Cooking

Got my first KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. Recommendations?

I'd look at getting another bowl and a bowl cover. It helps when you need to make two things without washing the bowl first. As an example, you want to make cheesecake and need to whip cream.

Dec 07, 2009
overresearched in Cookware

Blackbook Magazine's Top Ten Coffee Shops

Made correction. Thanks for the catch.

Blackbook Magazine's Top Ten Coffee Shops

Here's a link to the article:

And here is the list:

1. CiCi's Cafe
2. Pose Cafe & Market
3. The Griddle
4. Cafe 50's
5. Basix Cafe
6. Jinky's Cafe
7. Nat's Early Bite
8. 101 Cofee Shop
9 Du-par's
10. Joyce's Coffee Shop

The question I have is what about Pann's or Jan's or someone else?

Pie 'N Burger; old thyme SoCal


Seriously, they do make great pies. I order an apple pie slice a la mode, which they define as a pint of vanila ice cream on top. Other people on boards can speak to other flavors or search.

Vegetarian options at BBQ pits?

It depends on how much you love potato salad and cole slaw. (Most beans are made with beef or pork).

Side dishes are really besides the point of going to these pits. Most of these places started as meat markets and didn't offer sides historically. Kreuz Market used to brag about not offering sides. However, most have developed the technology to split the potato. Kerry Bexley of Snow's BBQ in Lexington told me his sides are made by a 92-year-old woman. Still, I didn't get to Snow's at 9:30 on a Saturday Morning to eat cole slaw.

Basically, a visit to a Austin BBQ pit by a non-meat eater is like a visit to an ice cream factory by someone who is lactose intolerant.

Jan 16, 2009
overresearched in Austin

I ate at Texas Monthly’s Top 5 BBQ Pits in One Weekend.

Your point about the correct board brings up an interesting question. Is the limits of the Austin board the Austin city limits? Or is the limit a box of say Elgin, Driftwood, Lockhart and Round Rock? With the new toll roads making it easier to get to the pits, where does Austin stop and Texas begin?

Jan 12, 2009
overresearched in Austin

I ate at Texas Monthly’s Top 5 BBQ Pits in One Weekend.

Like many CH readers, I wondered about the Texas Monthly list. Are these five places really the best? I was especially curious about Snow’s BBQ in Lexington. Could a pit only open on Saturday really beat the great pits of Lockhart, Luling and Taylor? There was only one way to find out. And so, on one Friday and Saturday I ate at all five.

It’s not really that difficult. You simply have to pace yourself. It’s like going to Napa Valley and hitting many wineries. Also, it helps if you don’t fill up on bread/crackers or eat sides. On Friday, I sampled Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market in Lockhart and then City Market in Luling. On Saturday (after a stop at Round Rock Bakery) it was Snow’s and then Louie Mueller in Taylor. After that, all I really wanted was a salad.

Here is what I found.

1. It is worth it to drive to Snow’s if only for the brisket.

I hit Snow’s at 9:30 on Saturday morning. Already, there was a line and a full if small dining room. In talking to Kerry Bexley and the amazing Tootsie Tomanetz they don’t run out quite as quickly as they used to. This is because their mail order operation has allowed them to expand the number of pits. The brisket is so tender and flavorful. I don’t like burnt ends normally but these are amazing. The other meats are good but not quite as good as the brisket. So, if your BBQ favorite meat is ribs or sausage, Snow’s won’t be the great experience as it is for a brisket lover. Still, I’d go anyway if simply to see the pits and eat BBQ at 9:30 without feeling weird. The order for the other four for brisket was City Market, Smitty’s and then Louie Mueller’s (I didn’t have brisket at Kreuz because they had smoked prime rib and Smitty’s was out. However, I thought the brisket at City Market was better than the prime rib at Kreuz).

2. City Market in Luling is the best overall.
Snow’s has great brisket. But I believe City Market’s sausage and ribs are better. Also, its hours are better and they don’t run out of meat. If you could only go to one pit on a Saturday morning I might lean towards Snow’s. But as a general one pit rule I’d go to City Market over Lockhart and Taylor. This brings me to my next point.

3. The Austin tollroads changes everything.

It used to be so hard to get to these pits. Now, SH 130 ends about ten miles North of Lockhart (24 miles North of Luling) and cuts travel time to Lexington and Taylor. At some point, these pits will become suburban restaurants. Already, the building that houses Smitty’s also hosts a gym. I hope easier access doesn’t ruin these places but you may want to hurry.

Jan 12, 2009
overresearched in Austin

Restaurants near Sofitel LA

For breakfast and quick lunches, I'd go with Jan's Restaurant. It's a traditional coffee shop but higher quality than say Denny's.

8424 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Non-chain Plano/Frisco restaurants?

Kelly's Eastside has great burgers and BBQ.

Kelly's Eastside
1422 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074

What secret ingredient would you like to see on Iron Chef America?

Hot Dogs
Ritz Crackers

Best Burger In Dallas/Fort Worth

Actually, I did think of one burger that fit's your description perfectly, JG's on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. They usually rank high in best burger lists and would be a better fit for you than Goff's or Del's.

J G's Hamburgers
12101 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243