davis_sq_pro's Profile

Title Last Reply

Snapshotr?

I'm both sad and hopeful that someone actually got enough funding to create this product.

On one hand I feel that these funds could have been applied to actual world issues. Childhood obesity, or perhaps the lack of availability of a high quality white creme de cacao.

On the other hand my dream of creating a line of bluetooth headsets with built-in beer cozies feels one step closer! Beertooth, here we come!

Nov 25, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Brewing my own bitters

One of the difficulties in making bitters is that each ingredient -- and even different batches of the same ingredient -- may require vastly different quantities and optimal infusion times. So dropping everything into a single jar is unlikely to produce exactly the result you're after and certainly won't be a very repeatable process.

A better idea, if you want to control the outcome, is to infuse each element separately in its own jar, creating several base tinctures. These can then be mixed in whatever combination you're after. This approach allows you to: A) monitor and control each ingredient's infusion characteristics; B) much more easily build small test batches without committing large amounts of infusion time; and C) easily correct for potency variations from batch to batch.

Best of luck! It's certainly a fun hobby.

Nov 24, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Mind of a Chef, Season 3

Anyone else watching this?

I'm just catching up -- currently on episode 5 -- and in my opinion Season 3 is equal to or perhaps even better than Season 2 (which I thought was a huge upgrade from Season 1). Edward Lee has the right blend of intensity and humbleness to really engage the viewer, and the show seems to have really upgraded its cinematography and production values.

Favorite episode so far was #3, about cooking with fire in Argentina. Just awesome.

Tony does Jamaaaaaca

After watching that, I wanted to book a trip right away. Great episode.

Changes coming for Serious Eats

I don't know why it asks for e-mail address. Go back to the site and it will give you a link for the file. (Well at least it gave me a link, on the second visit after I submitted my address. Spam, here we come.)

High West A Midwinter Nights Dram

Sounds like something that would be great to purchase in a 325mL bottle... Just enough to keep the Thanksgiving edge off when the in-laws show up :-)

Nov 20, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

8 Great Places to Chow Down on Canelés

Nomination for a real list: Crumble and Flake in Seattle.

Nov 20, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

16 things you didn’t know about Jägermeister

It's not even close to the vilest drink on the planet. Have you sampled Romanoff vodka?

Nov 19, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Global launch for booze-free Halal ‘whisky’

I'd be very interested in learning more about the vodka -- makes me think about what the perceived flavor of vodka actually is. Solvent and burn, on the lower end. So is it water with some esters and dilute acid or something? Sounds like a nasty concoction. I much prefer Dan's version!

Nov 19, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits
1

Cider fermenting in the fridge...

The obvious answer for most people is to throw it out -- a jug of cider isn't exactly a major investment :-)

Beyond that, use your nose. If it smells bad (and/or tastes bad), don't drink it. And you should probably not serve any to small children, unless they're being noisy and refusing to go to bed on time, in which case a smallish glass might be warranted, but only then if no one is watching.

My understanding is that there is very little, if any, risk with regard to pathogens, if you're concerned about that. But I'm not a food safety expert so take that with several grains of salt.

Nov 19, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Don't Cook a Turkey If It's Tamales You're Thankful For

Can you link to an example of when he's visited the comments section on one of his articles? I'm pretty sure I've never seen that happen; interested in what I've missed!

Nov 18, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

8 Great Places to Chow Down on Canelés

@eatingjoy

Nope, TJ's hasn't carried them for years, AFAIK.

Nov 17, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Who is the best Iron chef ever?

I've gotta go with Chen Kenichi, after one of the episodes in which he spent about 30 seconds carving a pineapple into a very intricate decorative piece -- using his cleaver. Truly ridiculous skills.

A very close second place would be Hiroyuki Sakai.

I would love to see Kenichi and Sakai vs. the entire current and former cast of ICA, in a mega battle. I think those two would mop the floor with the Americans.

Meet the Canadian Hero Who Opened a Rogue Trader Joe’s in Vancouver

I thought this was relatively fascinating. Cross the border, buy a bunch of stuff at TJ's, bring it back, and sell everything -- marked up by $1.50/item.

Don't Cook a Turkey If It's Tamales You're Thankful For

You should feel free to breed a nutritionally-aware ethnic group comprised of albino hyper-vegans. Best of luck to you.

The rest of us will be over here drinking beers and enjoying some pernil asado.

Nov 14, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features
1

‘World’s first’ alcoholic olives launched

Just what I've been waiting for!!!! This will be sooooo perfect when I need a little snack during my 10 martini lunches.

Nov 13, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits
1

Don't Cook a Turkey If It's Tamales You're Thankful For

Why can I click the Favorite button only once?!?!?!

Nov 12, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Don't Cook a Turkey If It's Tamales You're Thankful For

I'm sorry, John, that your life as an American is so very difficult. You should show everyone how serious you are and move to wherever Alec Baldwin went after Bush was re-elected.

Nov 11, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features
1

11 Meal Mistakes to Avoid at the Airport

Duty-free prices are generally not cheaper and are in fact often much MORE EXPENSIVE than you can get elsewhere. Another badly researched piece. :-(

Nov 11, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Changes coming for Serious Eats

Thank you for the heads up. Annoying!

Looking for a sipping tequila

Seven years later(!) and I finally tried Clase Azul. Very nice. Super-smooth, slightly sweet, just enough vegetal funk. Pricey and not something for every day, but really an excellent sipping tequila.

Nov 06, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Changes coming for Serious Eats

Yeah, it's definitely lost some charm. No other decent one-stop-shop kind of sites that I'm aware of. The only real option is to subscribe to a bunch of blogs.

Templeton Rye Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Gains Traction

Just Googled that. WTF? Next you're going to tell me that Swedish Fish are really made in Denmark or something?!?

Oct 28, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

It's "fabulous," not "innovative."

Hint: https://www.google.com/search?q=fabul...

Oct 27, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Sweet White Vermouth

I think El Presidente shows off blanc vermouth quite nicely:

http://imbibemagazine.com/El-Presiden...

Oct 27, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

Surf & Turf for the masses :-)

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

Are you sure? The reason I doubt this -- or at least think it's not enforced at all -- is that I regularly shop at Asian markets and the translated labels are ridiculous. They're often full of typos, much shorter than the original list (and usually missing key ingredients), etc.

I have bought cookies that were apparently free of any kind of sugar (they weren't), chocolates with no chocolate (these were not quite that artificial), salted plums with no salt, products with either fewer or more calories, for the same serving size, depending on which language you happen to be reading...

I guess a huge global company like Coke can afford to put together better labels than these guys. But it makes me wonder whether said global company would BOTHER to do so, especially when perception is selling a product that may or may not meet reality.

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

Since when do our federal labeling standards apply to Mexico?

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

It seems like the Mexican coke isn't even actually made with corn sugar...

http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/28...

Canadian is, though, I believe? (And I trust Canadian labeling over Mexican, in any case...)

Canned condensed milk morphs into Dulce de Leche

I've done it dozens of times with no obvious issues.

Beyond the obvious (i.e. I've not been burned or maimed) I do not believe that my own heating of the can for a couple of hours is going to leech out significantly more dangerous compounds than are leeched from the heating the can already goes through during production plus sitting in hot trucks, hot warehouses, etc, and then potentially months of sitting around on a shelf...

Oct 23, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Home Cooking