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Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

>> Turns out the dreamfields pasta was bogus - and they lost a big lawsuit because of it.

No way! I still have some of that!

Aug 11, 2015
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Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

Sounds like it could taste pretty good!

carba nada fettuccine egg noodles website
http://www.aldentepasta.com/product-c...

got a chuckle out of this statement on that page...
>> And, don’t forget, portion control is where it’s at. That’s how the Italians eat pasta every day yet still stay slim.

I was in Bologna and asked a work colleague how to explain that...
After conferring with someone else and online for the right english word, his answer was: purging.

(Bologna - what a soulful place - see pics of the window in my conference room + a building in town)

Aug 11, 2015
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Deliciousness at North restaurant in the Domain

loveyhowell >> Our office is in the Domain and I'd say it's more douchey than hipster-y.

If you were the architect who was just awarded the contract to build something like the Domain, how would you do it better?

jwynne, did you ever have one of their Burrata dish appetizers before it disappeared off the menu>

Aug 06, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

Asian-Marinated Baked Chicken

Aug 06, 2015
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Hard Hat XII

Boise Fry Company is having a soft opening now.

http://www.boisefrycompany.com/austin/

On Burnet in the shoppping center next door to the Amplify Credit Union

to the left of Donut 7 - the most delicious kolache place in Austin run by the sweetest asian couple.

Looked crowded. I didn't try it but did surf their website while waiting for someone.

Jul 25, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

Lunch in North/Northwest Austin

Mahi fish tacos at Cover 2 or Cover 3.

Jul 15, 2015
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Deliciousness at North restaurant in the Domain

Thought we had a topic dedicated to North restaurant in the Domain, but search didn't turn it up.

North has delivered consistently delicious meals in a beautiful environment over the past couple of years.

3 things about North

1) Best take-out dish ever

One of their dishes wins my all time most delicious take-out dish, perfect for negotiating and bribery transactions at home.
STROZZAPRETI - chicken, roasted mushroom, bloomsdale spinach, toasted pine nut, parmesan cream 17
Unless you are Michael Phelps in training season, one Strozzapreti could be 3-4 meals. And that's why I always order it, even if I only take a bite or 2 in the restaurant.

Here's a picture from someone's blog:
http://austinitetips.com/north-italia/
http://austinitetips.com/wp-content/u...

The server told me it's the mushroom-parmesan cream sauce combo that makes it ultra delicious.
The Strozzapreti pasta is always perfectly cooked.
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guid...

2) Salads

Past tense:

Despite all that addictive deliciousness, I'm grumpy at North for taking my favorite Burrata salad off their menu. North would redesign a Burrata dish for each menu change. 2 favorites were:

- Burrata Alla Panna, with Grilled Asparagus, Caper, Vinaigrette, Toasted Almonds, Mustard Bread Crumbs 12
The combination of the caper vinaigrette and the mustard breadcrumbs was amazing. They don't skimp on the burrata either.
- Burrata with arugula pesto surprise along the plate's bottom under perfectly dressed arugula, buratta, and other goodies.

North, could you please bring that back? Pleeease? Just because I asked?

Last week I tried the Italian Kale salad instead. Did NOT enjoy it..
TUSCAN KALE - crispy pancetta, charred grape, apple, pistachio, breadcrumb, parmesan vinaigrette 9

I couldn't find much / any pancetta. They added parm or grana padano cheese cubes that completely overwhelmed the flavor of the salad.
Minus those hard cheese cubes, Plus the pancetta it might have been pretty good.
At first I thought they simply cut the cubes too big. But they were very small cubes. Still, too overhwelming.

Really wish I had gone with my 2'nd choice:
SEASONAL VEGETABLE salad - kale, roasted cauliflower, clementine, date, avocado, farro, 11
quinoa, goat cheese, almond, sherry vinaigrette

3) Sourdough with sun dried tomato butter

Love the flavor of their complimentary sourdough bread + sun dried tomato butter.

4) BRAISED MEATBALLS 10
grilled bread & red sauce

Another excellent appetizer. Great to combine with the Strozzapreti for takeout.

Warning - Flooring near the bathroom becomes slick with just a little moisture. I've almost gone horizontal on it twice.

And yes I know that the Domain is Hipster-ville. But Hipsters are people too :-).

Jul 15, 2015
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Great food, Austin vibe for Saturday lunch

Odd Duck.

Loved their Burratta and eggplant appetizer a couple weeks back.

Jul 15, 2015
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How to turn this dip into a sauce?

bet it would be great over pasta

i was going to use it over lamb

Jul 13, 2015
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How to turn this dip into a sauce?

Thank you KarenDW and sandylc !

Jul 13, 2015
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How to turn this dip into a sauce?

http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/...

Love that dip.

Would like to turn it into a sauce.

How to do that?

Jul 12, 2015
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Best brunch in Austin: Prelogs

1) Most importantly, I loved their overall approach to creating a "buffet" and making it a personal experience.

Small plates of recently prepared deliciousness in a U-shaped setting.
All with serious attention to detail and high quality.

PLUS, in addition to what you see in the buffet, you can order dishes prepared for you off the menu.

Along the left: Bread + pastries
Along the center in front of the kitchen:
2 types of salads, cheeses, cantaloupe and proscuitto, meats, oysters, grilled veggies, etc
Along the right: More cheese trays, quince pastes, desserts

2) How the restaurant is oriented.
You can sit indoors in a quiet area near the front.
You can sit near the open kitchen and watch the chefs at work. (we did)
You can sit outdoors in the covered shade amidst the beautiful greenery and white window dressings. This is a great date / romantic setting.

3) Excellent service. Very accommodating to a special dietary needs person. (seafood allergy)

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My favorites dishes from the buffet: (in order of what comes to mind first)

- A plate of perfectly seasoned grilled veggies. I know that sounds simple but it was so well done. Red peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, onions maybe...

- Chocolate mousse. It was either a very high quality cocoa used or an extra ingredient that made it extra delicious.

- Tomato salad

- the small croissants

- the french bread triangles with their honey butter

We tried 3 of the "small plate dishes from the menu and totally enjoyed each one:

- French toast with sausage
- Roast beef with a bernaise sauce and asparagus
- Pork belly with the most delicious potatoes

Still full 7 hours later.

Only regret - I forgot to take pics in the beautiful outdoors!

Jul 04, 2015
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Best brunch in Austin: Prelogs

slowocooked was right:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1013989

more after I recover from the champagne part of it...

plus the 3 chefs are cute

Jul 04, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

Migas v. Chilaquiles

As a lover of eggs, my preference is Migas, based on ordering both from austin area restaurants. Migas have more eggs.

Jul 03, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

Sous vide in the original Trader Joe's vacu-packaging? (pork tenderloin)

My apologies - I should have looked a little harder before posting...

just saw:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837773
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SousVideDK
Mar 8, 2012 12:22 PM
Quick note!

NEVER cook food in the pouches/packaging it comes in. The plastic is usally NEVER approved for heating. Plastic that does not meet the requirements/standards for heating, can be very toxic if used for sous vide.

There's a reason sous vide bags are more expensive than ordinary vacuumbags!

---------------

Are ZipLock baggies approves for heating food? I did read that they are BPA-free...

Jun 21, 2015
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Sous vide in the original Trader Joe's vacu-packaging? (pork tenderloin)

Is there any reason why I should NOT sous vide in the same Trader Joe's vacu-pack'd tenderloin packaging that I purchased it in?

It's the Trader Joe's Peppercorn Garlic pork tenderloin, like the one on this blogger's post.

http://platetobelly.blogspot.com/2013...

hmmm well I guess one reason is... I would not be able to first remove the silver skin...

Jun 21, 2015
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Bouillon

Thanks so much Chowhounders.

Just picked up some Better than Bouillon chicken base.

Jun 21, 2015
sweet100s in Home Cooking

Bouillon

What are your favorite Bouillon cubes, and why?

What recipes do you most typically make with them?

Jun 20, 2015
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homemade pickled brussel sprouts

Thank you Ttrockwood! You're a peach!

hotoynoodle, I did also get carrots and a red onion to go with the brussel sprouts.

GretchenS thanks for that link - tons of good info there

I'm thinking about not boiling the carrots and onions first though...

Jun 14, 2015
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homemade pickled brussel sprouts

After enjoying these too much from the Whole Foods olive bar, I purchased some brussel sprouts to make homemade pickled brussel sprouts. I'll probably use this recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zesty-pi...

and add red onions, carrots, and jalapenos.

However, I've never canned.
If I put them in the fridge instead, how long will they last?

Jun 13, 2015
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Thai Groceries

Yea Rudeboy, we were thinkin' that you ran off with some girl...

Jun 10, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

What sauce would go with the Trader Joe's Ricotta & Lemon Zest Girasoli (Ravioli)?

thx everyone !

Brown butter it is, maybe with a some shallots !

Jun 09, 2015
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Sous Vide cooking...are you on board?

weedy, what is your time and temp settings for Chicken Breast?

Jun 08, 2015
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What sauce would go with the Trader Joe's Ricotta & Lemon Zest Girasoli (Ravioli)?

What sauce would go well with the Trader Joe's Ricotta & Lemon Zest Girasoli (Ravioli)?

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

Jun 08, 2015
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Does Odd Duck lunch menu still include their Beef tongue reuben sandwich?

Does Odd Duck lunch menu still include their Beef tongue reuben sandwich?

Beef tongue reuben, NY rye, sauerkraut, russian dressing | 11

Jun 08, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

My favorite things from Whole Foods (downtown)

Easy Tiger's Sourdough Boule from Whole Foods in the domain is amazing.

It's "airy" and has an addictive sourdough flavor that's about several times more delicious than any other sourdough I've tried.
Just had an end piece off a new boule.

A couple weeks back while grilling a tri-tip, I took the remaining 1/4 load of 3 day old pieces, and brushed them with this lemon garlic oil that I was using for artichokes.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-...

Delicious that night and then chopped them up for lemon-garlic croutons in salads.

Jun 06, 2015
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Aaron Franklin has almost made it!

Well deserved. via the PBS series, it's great to see that he has such fun personality too.

Go Aaron!

Jun 02, 2015
sweet100s in Austin

Confused: How to safely sous vide chicken breasts destined for Chicken Salad?

One other question...

At 145 degrees F, does the chicken still look pink?

Jun 02, 2015
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Confused: How to safely sous vide chicken breasts destined for Chicken Salad?

Thanks Karl S - that answered my question!

net: It's temp and time that matters. Not just temp.

i.e., how much time at which temp

Jun 02, 2015
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Confused: How to safely sous vide chicken breasts destined for Chicken Salad?

Just received an Anova sous vide precision cooker.
It's swirling away in the kitchen. Sounds like a washing machine when running.

2 questions

1) I'm confused by the temps that chicken salad recipes I've found call for: 140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 or 2 hours.

I thought 165 degrees Fahrenheit was required to kill listeria and salmonella?

2) For those who have actually made chicken salad this way, could you summarize results of your trial & error?

Jun 01, 2015
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