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Best Eggnog

I've got some in my fridge that has aged about 2 years now. It was awesome last year and looks fine this year. I am more than a little scared, but it looks like WHARTON had some 2 year old brew. Still alive?

Edit: Well, still amazing on year two. I don't see how anything bad could live in there... I hope I can update in the morning.

Edit 2: Had a glass of 2 year old eggnog and lived to tell about it. No ill-effects just tastiness.

Dec 03, 2012
Lixer in Recipes

Hard Hat Report Vol 8

I've only been once and enjoyed it. The menu items and specials all sounded very appealing. The service was quite friendly and the happy hour wine was quite reasonable. It does seem a little out of place, but it is fun to have such a charming restaurant in my area. Need to go back.

I will say though that my one issue, and possibly the reason I haven't gone back, is that the food is very "simple" and flavored with just good ol' salt, pepper, minimal herbs, and citrus. This is not a bad thing as this is the way I cook at home; flavorful, but letting the food speak for itself. However, when I go out to eat I like to try things that are fun, different, and not what I would make at home, especially at Cafe Malta's price point.

Jun 03, 2012
Lixer in Austin

Seeing Someone Touch Your Food

If we're getting all technical with things (not necessarily directed at you, but the thread is getting into specifics) shouldn't there be hand washing between glove changing? Wearing gloves should not preclude hand washing and other sanitary measures.

When I was taking some nutritional service and food science classes it was rarely a requirement to wear gloves ( Texas Regulations allow bare hands in contact with ready-to-eat foods as long as a two prong approach to hand washing is used), but we did get docked points if the instructor caught us touching our hair/ faces/trash, etc without rewashing. That certainly taught good sanitary awareness.

I'd rather have this type of person handle my food with clean hands than a less aware person handle my food with gloves.

May 27, 2012
Lixer in Not About Food

Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

Alright, I do take back my original sentiments. I pictured a leisurely holiday stay and not a scramble to the finish line with all that is going on on Thanksgiving day.

Nov 20, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

Have you even asked? You seem to be making mountains out of molehills.

Nov 19, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

I'd say that as long as he agrees to clean his mess let him make his stuffing! Maybe he can make it the night before even? For many people it's just not thanksgiving without a particular item and having something homemade would be a nice touch. It's Thanksgiving, make this one concession and enjoy your family.

Nov 19, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Oldest food-related infomercial?

Very cool! I kinda want a few of these tools now :)

Nov 13, 2011
Lixer in Food Media & News

Skinny/Slim/Healthy BMI Chowhounds

Now, I wasn't always slim so I can't thank genetics but for two years I've been in the low carb crowd. Gimme that meat, pour on the sauces, load my plate up with veggies, and perhaps a glass of wine if it's a special occasion (Fridays count!). I don't miss what I call "filler" (rolls, pastas, desserts, etc.) at all. Plus I'm staying slim and feel great!

Nov 12, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Please review/critique my plan and logistics

Monday too since they're closed. When are you coming? Looks like Franklin's will be closed Nov.1-10th as well.

Oct 11, 2011
Lixer in Austin

Please review/critique my plan and logistics

Agreed, get it on any weekday but Friday.

Oct 11, 2011
Lixer in Austin

Hard Hat Report Vol 8

News from the owner of the old World Beat Cafe:

"Subject: WASOTA AFRICAN CUISINE (FORMALY WORLD BEAT CAFE)

Dear Former World Beat Customers,

I want to thank everyone for his or her email messages and phone calls inquiring about my health after my cancer treatment. I am pleased to say that I am in remission, and have been for the last 3 years and doing very well. Many of you have inquired on whether I will re-open World Beat Café again. I miss my customers dearly but unfortunately I do not have the resources to re-open a full restaurant at the present time. However, I am very happy to inform everyone that I have secured a trailer spot at Bouldin Creek Food Court located at 1209 South First Street in Central Austin. I want to try it out but I will need everyone’s support. My new business name is Wasota African Cuisine and my projected start date is October 17, 2011. I will prepare fresh, healthy cuisine with delicious West African flavor and I will be vegan friendly as usual. Please spread the word and Thanks in advance for your support.

Lawrence Osas Eguakun"

I'm curious to see the menu!

Oct 11, 2011
Lixer in Austin

Hard Hat Report Vol 8

I'd definitely try again. I got some shockingly rare bits (to others, I loved them) when I went and everyone was very accommodating. I did find the chicken to be dry, but I suppose after a few slices of rare ribeye my scale would be a bit skewed!

Oct 10, 2011
Lixer in Austin

BBQ Beef Ribs

Had a groupon to Stubbs that was about to expire so I made sure to hit them up on Monday:Beef Rib special night! The way the waitress responded to my order with "We don't HAVE beef ribs." was like I was trying to order them on a Thursday. I didn't have the guts to ask if they never did have them or they were just out.
No matter, I won't be going back to find out. The pork ribs I got instead were quite tasty but the brisket was heartbreakingly awful.

Oct 10, 2011
Lixer in Austin

I've Rendered My Spouse Useless!

Oh dear... this rings too true. In the beginning I think my boyfriend and I loved to cook simple things together and I was happy when he'd make a hamburger helper, grilled cheese, or frozen pizza for us.

Two years, a smaller kitchen, and me going on a low-carb diet later, I fear that I've totally ruined him. He still will make things for himself but hasn't expanded his repertoire and I can't stand to have another cook in our small kitchen that can't do the "kitchen dance".
Thank goodness he does more than his share of the dishes :)

Oct 10, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Fake Pumpkin Shortage

I fell for the "shortage" two or so years ago. Needless to say, while there was still plenty of pumpkin on the grocery shelves all season and the year after, I didn't have to buy any of it since I was still working through my stash!

Oct 10, 2011
Lixer in General Topics

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

Ah, but how would you feel about an invited guest in your kitchen nibbling from the food you're about to serve before or after it has been plated? It is the food they're about to be served after all. You're basically doing that by eating in the grocery store.

Oct 01, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

ACL Weekend - help appreciated

Do NOT be tempted by the mighty cone. After 6 years of going to ACL fest I finally gave in to see what all the craze was about. I should have spent my $$ elsewhere.

Olivia's fried chicken was amazing last year. Kinda messy for festival food but worth it so grab some napkins and enjoy! My boyfriend has at least one of the Sloppy Nachos a day from Saltlick. The lonesome dove beef and mushroom skewers were also good. Sneak in some rum to make a dark and stormy with Maine Root's Gingerbrew.

I'm looking forward to Odd Duck this year to see what their minds came up with for mass produced fest food. Lots of newcomers too!

Have a blast!

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Odd Duck
1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Sep 15, 2011
Lixer in Austin

Eating low carb at chain restos

Many do low carb in part to stay away from gluten and over processed products though so that also may be why acgold brings that up. Yes, an atkins bar may only have 5 "net" carbs, but it is still a candy bar and don't fit in to my plan of wanting to be a better eater.

Sep 13, 2011
Lixer in Chains

Eating low carb at chain restos

It certainly can get boring. I appreciate places with interesting burger toppings! I was a vegetarian for a few years back in a very vegetarian friendly city, and I gotta say I love my low-carb options so much more!

Sep 12, 2011
Lixer in Chains

Are we 'entitled' to return foods we didn't like to the store?

My Costco has refused to renew the membership for a woman who has around an 80% return rate for the money she has spent. They definitely have to draw the line somewhere!

Sep 12, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Are we 'entitled' to return foods we didn't like to the store?

Now that one takes the cake!

Sorry, had to :-)

Sep 08, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Are we 'entitled' to return foods we didn't like to the store?

I agree, if I don't personally care for it I will try to find someone who can (thank you break room at work) and make a mental note to not buy it again.

If there is something wrong with the product I will try to return it if it is more than just a couple bucks. Otherwise I don't bother.

Sep 07, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

Eating low carb at chain restos

Google intermittent fasting. Once you get used to it you're not really hungry during the fasting period, and you eat the same number of calories during your eating period. Lots of studies backing up its benefits.

Sep 06, 2011
Lixer in Chains

Too many unopened mussels in restaurants...

One interesting thought: if the kitchen allowed 4/12 of the mussels to be served closed, how many did they not see were open before cooking?

Aug 30, 2011
Lixer in General Topics

Can I eat these mushrooms that came up in my yard?

Yeah, I wouldn't trust my own observations to help me figure out if they're edible or not. Maybe take them to a local university to get them checked out so you'll know for when they come up again?

Aug 27, 2011
Lixer in General Topics

Can I eat these mushrooms that came up in my yard?

Until someone more knowledgeable answers, check out this site and see what it comes up with!
http://www.mycokey.com/newMycoKeySite...

Aug 27, 2011
Lixer in General Topics

Wine Storage Question

I'd put it in the fridge. I'm in Texas and even with my AC on 82 I have had a few bottles go bad in under a month.

Aug 16, 2011
Lixer in Wine

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

@ kpaxonite - It may not be cool with the store owner, but I'd get a good chuckle!

Aug 12, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

At a grocery store the exchange of ownership happens (in my eyes) when you pay the cashier. I don't think putting items in your cart is an agreement to buy them.

In a restaurant it is when the food is served to you by an employee, with an implicit agreement that you will pay for the food. Don't be ridiculous. I did say that if you asked a store employee for a taste of an orange or whatever then that's fine.

In the end it's all my opinion and your opinion. That's fine!

Aug 12, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food

How do you feel about people eating food in the supermarket before they pay for it?

I think there are two side issues going on here that give you that impression: a) opening a package with the intention to pay and b) sampling a few grapes or items from a bulk bin. I don't think anyone has said that opening a package and paying for it is stealing... unless, like Alton Brown you forget about it.

I really don't care if you open a package and pay for it, but in my head I will make a judgment about you. I drink, others don't, people make judgments on that. As long as your fine with your choices and what others may perceive them as then all's well!

Also, in a restaurant the food is served to you hence it is yours at that point.

Aug 12, 2011
Lixer in Not About Food