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I [HEART] The Splendid Table and Lynne Rossetto Kasper

It amuses me that her middle name is so close to "risotto".

Apr 17, 2014
singlemalt in Food Media & News

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

How about Bouchon, on Columbus Circle for lunch. Good meal in a neat setting for a very reasonable price. Prune on the lower east side ( I think) for a good reasonably priced dinner, or Momofuku for a dinner that is reasonable and unique. Chang was one of the top NYC chefs a little while ago. A very nice Italian, in the Central Park area, west, is Corvu Bianco. Very attractive interior and quite good food at a reasonable price. Also, in the same area is a very well known deli, that is called "Zabar's" , I believe. It was experience for me, a southern red neck, to have my Christmas breakfast in a Jewish deli.

( Note: there are probably going to be some New Yorkers jump all over me for these suggestions)

Apr 14, 2014
singlemalt in Manhattan

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

One of my favorite VN dishes, at least here in Austin, is Shaken, or shaking beef. A bit tangy, and spicy, here at least, but overall a good beef dish. Also there are various chicken and vegetarian options on most menus. This restaurant has a" hot pot" with various mains in it. I love the vermicelli noodle dish with herbs and topped with
BBQ'd spare ribs or a sliced pork egg roll. Pour your fish sauce over it and add a bit of hoisin and some Sirarachi (sorry for the spelling) and I am a happy eater.

Also, if you are a coffee drinker, order the VN coffee for after dinner, but order it early in the meal because it takes awhile for it to filter.

Apr 14, 2014
singlemalt in Los Angeles Area

What do you think of Roma tomatoes?

That's all, unless I misspelled tomatoes ( and also misspelled misspell)

Mar 25, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Caen and Bayeux

While rummaging through my travel material I came across a card for a restaurant in Bayeux named "l'Amaryllis". I has been years since we were there and we ate there twice. It had very good food.

I searched it and found that it is still there and still gets good reviews in the travel books.

It is: l'Amaryllis
32 rue St. Patarice

Tel: 31 22 47 94

Please eat there and report back

Mar 08, 2014
singlemalt in France

Red light bulb

Wow, how did I miss that! mmmh, thanks, I suppose.

Mar 07, 2014
singlemalt in Site Talk

Albertson's Taking Over the World?

I used to work for Albertson's and could never figure out exactly what was their strategy or business model. I think they have found a way to make money by losing money. One customer described them as a big convenience store due to their prices.

In Austin, they closed about 12 stores, all in the time period of a month or two. They closed stores in Dallas, Bryan, TX, New Braunfels and sold their Kerrville store ( the one I worked in) to an HEB ( a Texas chain).

They are typically expensive and poorly run and I think that flows from the top.

My expression re: Albertson's is that there are two kinds of Alberetson's: those that are closed and those that are gonna' be closed.

(BTW, I worked as a pharmacist and I will give them credit for paying me and the techs well)

Mar 07, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Red light bulb

What does the red light bulb after a title mean and how did you find that out. Thanks.

Mar 07, 2014
singlemalt in Site Talk

Does thread count matter to you??......(no I'm not talking sheets)

Well, as a matter of fact, on sheets is matters too. But I concur with the other posters. I see some of these threads reaching into the mid to high 200's and more. By that time all that is interesting, pertinent, relevant has been said. I have criticized this site on previous occasions for letting this happen. Given the immoderate moderation we have on here I am surprised that more threads are not locked.

In Austin there is a thread named Hard Hats which discusses openings. The posters there took it upon themselves to occasionally start anew when on thread became too populated. Of course, everything is better in Austin..

Mar 06, 2014
singlemalt in Site Talk

Avocado ideas

Gimme a break!

Mar 04, 2014
singlemalt in Vegetarian & Vegan

Popcorn

Good to know. Thanks for the posting. Does that mean that one can pop popcorn without using any oil? Never tried it but will.

Mar 02, 2014
singlemalt in Food Media & News

Avocado ideas

Thanks, folks, for all of your suggestions. I am not a vegan, more of an omnivore, but thought that this site might be more experienced in doing things with veggies. I definitely will try some of your ideas.

One thing I have done, to make a contribution to my on thread, is to fill the cavity with good soy sauce, or tamari.

Good eating, y'all. ( Been watching too much Josh Besh)

Mar 02, 2014
singlemalt in Vegetarian & Vegan

Gross Food From the 1950s

For poor people, like us, it was pinto beans, stove top cornbread, and fried bologna, with a box pudding for dessert.

Feb 26, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics
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Avocado ideas

It seems reasonable to start here, with the vegans on ideas for a little dressing up of a plain avocado. Sometimes in the AM, to avoid eating more breads and cereal, I like to just cut an avocado in half, salt it and eat it.

What I am looking for is some simple ideas that would make it a little more interesting to eat than with just plain salt. Maybe some of you can suggest a little dressing of some sort or a simply prepared topping.

Looking forward to your ideas.

Feb 25, 2014
singlemalt in Vegetarian & Vegan

Food from childhood you cannot eat

pickled pigs feet. The local butcher used to keep a big jar of them on the meat counter. Every now and then my mother would buy me one. I used to think they were delicious.

Feb 20, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Would you eat it if . . .

I have some friends who have a few head of cattle, each one given a name like "MickyD", BK", etc.

And, btw, a pig that smart you don't eat all at one time.

Feb 14, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics
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Would you eat it if . . .

Fortunately, in some sense, I am allergic to crustaceans, don't really care for shrimp, but love crab in any form, and that's where I discovered my allergy.

I cannot eat, and have never eaten lobster. I don't think I could knowing that a live animal was dropped into a pot of boiling water. Luckily for me, due to my allergy, I was able to legitimately opt out when travelling in Nova Scotia one time. Although, the lobstermen assured me that lobster have the intelligence of an insect.

Feb 14, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Would you eat it if . . .

Thanks, corrected.

Feb 14, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Would you eat it if . . .

This query arose from a recent comment by someone on this site about eating food that had been harvested or produced under abusive conditions, and the fact that you probably would eat it anyway ( grapes anyone?). I started thinking about my childhood, my mother's childhood and a conversation I had one time about capital punishment ( I live in Texas and many of you know of the controversy over capital punishment here ( How long has it been since you executed somebody? Well, thas' too long.))

I was debating capital punishment with a friend, who favored it, and I asked simply, " Would you be willing to pull the switch ( to the electric chair) After regaining their color , they meekly replied "No." End of debate.

Now I ask you, if you had to kill whatever it was that you eat,would you be willing to do so? Would you even be able to watch it being killed and slaughtered, and is it relevant even to ask such a question?

The supposition is that if you do not feel able to do it your self or at least watch it being killed and cut to pieces., should you be eating it?

I recall as a young boy hanging out at the local butcher shop and seeing cattle and pigs being killed ( kindly with a single .22 shot to the skull) and remember my mother describing hog killing season when she was a young girl. ( Hang them up, slit their throats, bleed them out, then cut them up.)

What do you think folks. Should eating a product have the hidden supposition that you should be able to kill, harvest it before you eat it, or is okay to require someone else to do the dirty work and just not think about it.

( I saw the movie " Fastfood Nation" and still have qualms over eating grocery store chicken although I continue to do so. But OTOH, I saw my mother ring a lot of chickens necks. Personally, I preferred a hatchet)

Looking forward to your comments.

Feb 14, 2014
singlemalt in General Topics

Coffee Shops

"...NJ is rather large!"

Please pardon me in advance but being in Texas it sounds kind of weird to read that. When I have driven in the NE I find it kind of weird how quickly one can go from state to state. It's not terribly unusual for us to drive 60 miles for lunch here. The state is about 57 miles wide.

Feb 12, 2014
singlemalt in New Jersey

Formerly of Thai Massage

I'm outta' here.

Feb 07, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Formerly of Thai Massage

I went out north to have some pho and noticed the massage place in the same strip was all closed. I was told the owner opened up a restaurant but no one knew where it was. By some slim chance does anyone here know where the owner went?

Feb 06, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

I imagine AmySue was freaked out even more. My apologies. As you may have concluded, not to swift with modern technology, still stomp the floorboard for the dip switch.

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

What about when someone publicly accuses you of threatening them with a gun, as the restaurant poster did?

If that were to happen to me, I don't think I would sit still until a retraction was publicly posted ( assuming I did not make the threat)

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

Of course NH had a " high end" for the times, steakhouse at the SE intersection of 35 and 2222. Ate there a bunch.

One thing noteworthy of the NH was that he hired a black man to be a manager, something rare in those days. Also, noteworthy is that some of his waitresses worked for him 40 to 50 years and at least one is still working at the Frisco, the top notch blond.

The NH, around 1958 raised the price of its baked potatos from 50 to 75 cents and The Daily Texan had a lead editorial about what a hardship this was going to cause students.

Behind the Chi Omega house on Wichita St. was a 8 stool café called Austin Maid Café , run by an ex army cook. Very crusty guy, but good cheap basic food.

BTW, any Tower Drug fans still living besides me? I worked there as a pharmacist, made $2 an hour.

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

I used to love Top Notch. The owner got his recipe for the hickory burger (and the grilling technique) from a place called Charcoaler. When he died, he took the hickory recipe with him. It's close to the same, but I can tell the difference and it's kinda ruined it for me.

I live about 15 minutes walking from the TN and it is one f my favorite hamburger places. The old lady who worked there for years, and unfortunately died of lung cancer, told me the original owner of TN had worked for the Holiday House chain, hence the similarity to the HH product. Of course, it achieved its crowning glory by being shown in the movie Dazed and Confused, (I hope that is the movie, but everyone knows that.) ( But maybe you didn't know that there is a house about a block behind me that belongs to now retired physic prof at UT, that was also used in D 'n C.

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin
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Old Restaurants in Austin

It was cheap, convenient, and they would sell beer to anyone. Also had good juke box.

A couple of the waitresses, we found out, were extremely friendly.

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

What we have been doing is park in the Highland X-Mall parking lot and take the metro. CN would be in easy walking distance. Of course, they have raised rates recently, but how many people buy a ticket anyway.

Feb 04, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

Of course there is Hill's. Been through several iterations,but still there.

One of the first restaurant meals I had when I came to UT in 1957, (yes, I'm that old) was at the Tavern.

BTW, El Patio, now 60 is still here and I daresay, has not improved with age.

Feb 03, 2014
singlemalt in Austin

Old Restaurants in Austin

You may be talking about Hank's. Your CFS was fried very early than AM or the day before. I and my dorm buddies spent many hours there eating and drinking 25 cent beer. Anyone got served, regardless of age.

CFS, hamburger steak for about 85cents. Most expensive thing on the menu was a sirloin for 1.10.

Do you remember Shirley, who was in love with Hank?

Feb 03, 2014
singlemalt in Austin