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How to de-bone a rattlesnake..help!

I am In Arizona and have a car to go looking for places that serves rattle snakes from unfrozen meat. I went to a Taxes rattle snakes round up years ago and swear to it that cooked from live snakes always taste better.

Frugal

Jul 20, 2008
frugalgourmet in Home Cooking

Do you use a GAIWAN (lidded bowl) for tea brewing? I'd love some help!

Celsius, yes. Thank you.

Jan 07, 2008
frugalgourmet in Cookware

Do you use a GAIWAN (lidded bowl) for tea brewing? I'd love some help!

Oh, that explains it. The infusion process for both teas require water temperature just slightly below boiling(you will see lots of small bubbles in the water before it becomes a boil). And you need to preheat the gaiwan warming up to at least the same temperature as the hot water for infusion. There are 2 types of Oolong, the greener or darker. The darker version is my preference that requires higher temperature infusion at 99 degree F while the ideal temperature for greener tea is 85 degrees.

Jan 06, 2008
frugalgourmet in Cookware

Do you use a GAIWAN (lidded bowl) for tea brewing? I'd love some help!

Liu,
What kind of tea are you brewing with the gaiwan? I eschew all plastic implements in the infusion process.

Jan 06, 2008
frugalgourmet in Cookware

New Concept Reopens As Elite Restaurant

It's the Elite on Altanlantic Ave. Went to Triumphant on Main Yesterday in Alhambra which is low on the richter scale in price vs quality comparing to Elite.

Jan 04, 2008
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Good dinner at Vietnam House

You should try the pho during lunch time, and you will agree it is far better than the golden deli across the street where MSG is very top heavy there.

Dec 27, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sim in OC or LA Fri. help quick plz

I had to agree with hch, Sea Harbour is not consistent at best, and would not care to go again. Elite is more consistent, at least.

Dec 25, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

New Concept Reopens As Elite Restaurant

What's all the hype about??! Patronized the place this morning for the first time. Orderd shui mai-excellent for the price; 5 different Steamed dumplings: Note- the same fillings comprised of shrimp and scallops are being wrapped in different style with a slight skin variation. . My suggestion is don't order more than 2 type of dumplings otherwise it all tastes the same. There are just above average but not excellent. Macau Pork was good but not excellent for the price. Their famous cold chicken in wine sauce was just so so, not worth the rave and the price. The steamed smooth rice sheets wrapped with scallops and vegetable was above average( the same fillings being used in other steamed dumplings). Pastry wise, the egg custard was excellent but not the Durian bun. I would not order the giant house shark fin dumpling in supreme broth. This dish is served in a mini clay pot for presentation but the fillings could have been fresher for $6 each. In all, I would only return if passing by with an urge for shui mai and egg custard.

Dec 24, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

New Concept Reopens As Elite Restaurant

Thanks Wong,
Going to Triumphant Palace tomorrow and wondering how it measure up to Kitchen in Dim Sum?

Dec 01, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

New Concept Reopens As Elite Restaurant

Hi Liu,
Where is The Kitchen on Valley Blvd?

Nov 30, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Quick - best restaurant with a bar near the airport

I'll be bak..... 3 nights flew by and did not have the time to try fry bread, pizza bianco and Rito's green chili. Went to La Grand Orange though, and what a gem tucked in a residential neighborhood! Sat at the chef's table and had a wonderful sausage with freshly pulled moz chees. The burger was juicy and tasty due to unfronzen patty. (Oh the salads were equally wonderfully satisfying) Fine dinning food quality in a very warm and inviting casual dinning atmosphere. Excellent suggestion & value Winedubar. You're my man. Lo lo's chicken and waffle was another excellent suggestion. The fried chicken was definately worth the trip. I'll try grand ma's place next time - Mrs. Whites golden rule cafe, and let you know what I think comparing to Lo lo's. The chickens were lightly battered an pan friend to a golden brown with the crust light and crunch but not greasy at all. The way authentic southern fried chicken should be. One piece of warning though at Lo lo, make sure there is itemization of the items ordered being disclosed on the check. We got our bill showing the grand total but there is no break down for the cost of each items. When questioned, the waitress was pulling numbers out of air trying to totaled up to the grand total which didn't.

Sep 19, 2007
frugalgourmet in Phoenix

Quick - best restaurant with a bar near the airport

Thanks, what so special about Tarbells? I see a lot of mentioning.

Sep 12, 2007
frugalgourmet in Phoenix

Quick - best restaurant with a bar near the airport

Winedubar, what eating place is this at indian school?

Sep 12, 2007
frugalgourmet in Phoenix

Quick - best restaurant with a bar near the airport

Hi Winedubar,
Yes, I have a car, and not very far from Tempe. By the way, I looked up La Grand Orange @ 4410 N. 40th but it is a Grocery Store and no burgers found on its menu listed on the website. Is there another location?

Sep 12, 2007
frugalgourmet in Phoenix

Quick - best restaurant with a bar near the airport

Hi Windubar,
I am staying in Mesa area instead of downtown Phoenix, got any suggestions?

Sep 12, 2007
frugalgourmet in Phoenix

Lost Wages and Good Meals-Las Vegas Trip Report Day Four (Spice Market Buffet and the Cupcakery)

Had a memorable meal at Rosemary. The weekend brunch buffet at Paris was outstanding @$25 per head. The selections were immense and cooked with great care. I think it's better than Spice Market. The Mexican restaurant next to the British Food Mkt is good but pricey comparing to what you get at Rosemary and brunch at Paris.

Jul 11, 2007
frugalgourmet in Southwest

Need Seafood In San Diego

agree! PLSF is outdated.

Jul 04, 2007
frugalgourmet in California

Nobody likes the French Green Beans at Ellis Island Casino in Las Vegas?

Well folks, here are my 2 cents.... steak eaters are mostly, well, meat and potatos type. So it is not unusually seeing green beans leftover most of the time. I love those green beans which are not over-cooked. Too bad, they don't substitute for the steak special, otherwise I would forego the fries and have a double portion of the green beans!

Jul 04, 2007
frugalgourmet in Las Vegas

Lost Wages and Good Meals-Las Vegas Trip Report Day Four (Spice Market Buffet and the Cupcakery)

Thanks. I have similary thought on Mandalay Bay. I did brunch two years ago at Rio was good- quality and freshness of the food. Bellagio has wonderful presentation especially with the dessert section but falls short in tastes. Bellagio may not be that pricey considering roast Kobe sirloin is being served. Normally you would pay $40 just for the beef in steak houses. I have not tried Paris and TI and will do so next week.

Jul 01, 2007
frugalgourmet in Southwest

Lost Wages and Good Meals-Las Vegas Trip Report Day Two (Rosemary's and Ellis Island)

Where did you get the $20 discount coupon for Rosemary's?

Jun 30, 2007
frugalgourmet in Southwest

Lost Wages and Good Meals-Las Vegas Trip Report Day Four (Spice Market Buffet and the Cupcakery)

I agree with you're assessment completely. A good buffet is not selection but rather good quality and freshness over quantity/selection. For those who like selections and quantity then circus circus is you bet. To me going to that kind of buffet might as go to a farm where you eat swill out of trough. Your wife mentioned Rosemary for lunch but where is it? Can you recommend a good quality buffet. We are going there next week for 3 nights.

Jun 30, 2007
frugalgourmet in Southwest

Review: Sushi Central - A nice little surprise!

Was it very expensive or on the low end?

Jun 20, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Komi or Viridian ?

any particular a "must" on the tasting menu?

Jun 02, 2007
frugalgourmet in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Pizza in DC Metro Area

I'll be in DC in 3 weeks, which one is a must - if I have to do just one?
Thanks

Jun 02, 2007
frugalgourmet in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food in Little Tokyo

Strictly based on food quality, how does Sushi R23 compared to sushi Gen?

Jun 02, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Boqueria in Barcelona

Well, I would try the one in LEixample that's where our aprt was. Thanks,

May 31, 2007
frugalgourmet in Spain/Portugal

Green Chile Stew

dear cheesemonger, your a great chef.

May 27, 2007
frugalgourmet in Home Cooking

Boqueria in Barcelona

Ha ha, I remember the lady fishmonger in your picuture. I bought fish from her and brought them back to my apartment. Just fried them in olive oil and salt with fresh bread and salard from the market. Yep, that was the counter we always go there for lunch. Was that a glass of prosecco?

May 26, 2007
frugalgourmet in Spain/Portugal

Yang's dumplings here?

No, but the fried pork buns are very juicy when it's hot. The buns are no longer tasty when they're cold.

May 21, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area

Yang's dumplings here?

How come no one mentioned shao mei fast food? They have one brach in Monterey Park in the strip mall on S/W corner of Garfield and Garvey while the other is on corner of Valley/Garfield in Alhambra. The Sheng Jian Bao there are comparable to those you will find in Shanghai, at $4.99 per order a good bargain! Chow

May 19, 2007
frugalgourmet in Los Angeles Area