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  1. That meal is exactly what I ate in culinary school, and the kind of food I enjoyed cooking when I got out. Traditional, very French, heavy. It's delicious, decadent stuff. I love it, and love that there are still restaurants that are cooking it. But you know, cooking is like any other creative persuit. Things are going to change, evolve. Whether or not you find molecular gastronomy to be enjoyable or to your taste is beside the point - it is more than doing its bit to keep high end cooking relevant.
  2. A cheap cab ride up Cogress, and you can go to Vespaio. It's my favorite place in town at the moment. Of course, there's always Uchi.
  3. These posts are the reason I hate waiting tables. Jeeze, people. Cut the servers some slack. They're just doing their job. What one person hates, another person demands, sometimes managers are complete assholes and FORCE you to say idiotic stuff like, "Hey guys, my name is Amy and I'll be taking care of you this evening." Trust me, I hated saying it as much as you hate hearing it.
  4. What do you guys think of places like Vivo and El Chile? They call themselves Tex-Mex, El Chile in particular is a bit higher end than, say, Maudie's, and the prices reflect the largely upper class clientel. However, I have had very good experiences at both. Also, it's a bit easier to get my older relatives and less adventurous friends to eat at one of those places than at the more "authentic" old school east side venues.
  5. I'm wanting Richard and Stephanie in the final two. The rest can go jump in a lake as far as I'm concerned. Either they have horrible personalities and are insufferable to watch (hello, Dale) or they are uncreative and have horrible personalities. Antonia and her Polish sausage snub was ridiculous - COME ON it's sausage! There's about a million and one things you can go with it, even the cheap stuff. Richard and Stephanie are the only contestants I want to win. They are the only ones who seem to have decent personalities, are able to interact with other human beings without being terribly offe
  6. Yuuummmm! I love Russian food, and can't wait to see your pics. There was an amazing Russian place up in Harbin we went to during the winter festival one year. I wonder if it's still there? Has Russian food become more common futher south?
  7. Same here! Hey, any of you import/export people on eGullet: I think you just found two willing assistants who are familiar with the country and the language.
  8. China has changed SO MUCH in the past ten years, it's unreal! When I lived in China (Nanjing) we had to "import" in almost everything you've metioned being readily avaliable. Wine? Forget about it. My family always bought huge amounts at the duty free in Hong Kong and VERY CAREFULLY packed it into our suitcases. Cheese? Same story. We weren't eating pastry unless we made it ourselves. (My mom became quite the baker.) We eventually found a dairy that provided us with milk (non-hemogonized, the best milk I've ever tasted) and some yoghurt when they had it (unsweetened, forget about any sorts of
  9. Abso-freaking-lutely! I understand all the righteous indignation over 90% of what FTV has to offer, but still. If they were to offer ME a spot hosting, or if I won $25K, it's not like I'd turn it down. I'd let my food friends and the eGullet community scoff while I laughed all the way to the bank.
  10. I think it's totally bad form to bring any outside food or beverage into a restaurant. It's just rude as hell. It is basically saying, "I want to come into your establishment and take advantage of your atmosphere and service, but I refuse to pay for the privilage." The only time I ever found it appropriate was when one of our regulars at a spa I worked in would bring her own bread. She was on a gluten-free diet (for health reasons, not vanity) and made her own gluten-free bread. Every time she came to the spa she would bring a few slices to have with her breakfast or lunch. She'd have the ser
  11. Tom Yum. Tell them to make it extra spicy! Pho is also good, as is hot and sour soup. But only GOOD hot and sour.
  12. Yay a new season to snark over! Woo hoo! The girl who won (Stephanie? Marie?) was my pick, and I hope she goes a long way, possibly to the win. I just loved her attitude, she's cute, and her food looked good. From what I saw, she's the kind of girl I'd want to be friends with. I agreed with the one who was sent home. What a stick in the mud. With crappy food to boot. Who doesn't taste their stuff? I taste things before I serve them to my roommates; I can't imagine sending out untasted food to other chefs or food professionals. Some of those guys, yeesh... tone the 'tude down a little. The fou
  13. That looks seriously good. I'll be getting some beets at the farmer's market this weekend, and have been wanting to try a new preparation. Thanks for the recipe! It'll hit the table Sunday.
  14. The Paula Deen book. To double the shame, I've actually made something from it. (For the record, it was Gooey Butter Cakes for a friend - SO SO sweet, but actually pretty yummy.)
  15. They did this to Marshmallow Creme a few years ago, and ever since we haven't been able to get my mom's fudge exactly the way it used to be.
  16. Now I'm starving! I love a good patty melt, but is it a travesty that I like mine with American cheese? No other cheese gets as gooey and melty and all down in the crevasses of onion like American.
  17. Doing what MizDucky suggested works really well for those who are at least willing to try. Saturday night, I roasted asparagus to have with a lot of other things. My roommate was trepidatious - she's never had asparagus before (how is that possible, I ask you?) and was afraid she wouldn't like it. She took three or four spears, making no promises. Everyone had tucked in to their food, and I look up to find roommie grabbing more asparagus! And more and more. She ate FAR more than her fair share, and last night asked, "So, when do you think you'll make that asparagus again?" Sometimes new thin
  18. One of my closest friends claims to be "allergic" to onions. And yet, she consumes them with regularity in restaurants and at home (they're cooked into her food and she doesn't know they are there). She also claims to be allergic to tomatoes, yet just two nights ago ate double helpings of bolognese sauce - appearantly the addition of Italian sausage "balanced out" the tomato factor. -insert eye roll here- She's one of those people that can not be allowed into the kitchen while others are cooking because if she sees anying she thinks she doesn't like, she will not eat any of the food at all, a
  19. I always enjoyed reading Fifi's posts, and I know she will be sorely missed here on eGullet. My deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.
  20. The most expensive meal I ever ate was in Kyoto, at this tiny and very, very old sushi place when I was 16-years-old. I didn't pay, of course, but someone told me later that the bill ended up being somewhere around US$200 per person, which included lots and lots of sake. It was the single most exciting and challenging meal I have ever eaten. The most I have ever spent was $75 per person at Musashino in Austin back in the Tyson Cole era before there was ever an Uchi. Interesting that both of mine were sushi. I am saving up for a trip to the wine country, though, so both of these may be eclips
  21. The McDonald's bacon, egg, and cheese buscuit is wonderfully greasy and perfect for bad hangover mornings. Whataburger's sausage biscuit will do the trick as well. Do taco trucks count? 'Cause if so, then they are my #1 favorite. The one that comes to our office every morning is a God-send. I seriously need to stop eating them, though. Breakfast tacos are one of the single most unhealthy things on the planet.
  22. Eh, I didn't feel like I missed out on anything. Honestly, the tuna dish caught my eye pretty early during my menu persual, and most of the game dishes seemed very, very heavy, which I wasn't entirely in the mood for. Besides, those fish dishes were really, really good! Besides, it seemed like lots of people go there for steak as well as wild game, as there were no less than three steak offerings on the menu, and at almost every table I saw, at least one person was eating a steak. (Yes, they looked really good.) There was also a lot more shellfish on the menu than I would have imagined, which
  23. Paula Deen's cookbook. Yes, I have used it. (Mainly for party desserts, though.)
  24. Thanks, Blanche! Hudson's is a great special occasion place. It was the best meal I have had in Austin to date.
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