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  1. As a very recent newcomer to Tiki Drinks, I was a bit surprised to see how little discussion there has been in this forum about these delicious and complex drinks. There is an extremely helpful ingredients thread as well as a thread on rums for tiki drinks, but not much discussion on the drinks themselves. I think thats a pity, because not only are the drinks themselves exceptional, in my opinion, but there is quite a bit of opportunity for substitution and updating. So, I figured I'd try to get the ball rolling. I live in Dallas, where the average temperature has been 3 digits for the past month, and so there is quite a bit of appeal in these cooling, tropical concoctions. For me, a weeknight after work is a nice time for a classic cocktail and/or a bottle of wine. But a weekend, especially a 103 degree one, is a spectacular time to make a tiki drink or 4, and be transported to a (faux-) tropical getaway. Thus, I propose (for myself at least), devoting at one day of weekend mixology to this task each week. I recently read through Jeff Berry's excellent Sippin' Safari (which I highly recommend to anyone interested in the subject whatsoever), so I thought I'd begin working through the cocktails he shares in that book providing whatever commentary/questions/etc. come to my mind (fair warning - I know very little about this genre of cocktails, and so it's highly likely that some/all of this will be uninteresting and/or rank amateurish). At least at the start I probably won't be tinkering too much, instead working on trying to build a decent foundation for the drinks and the interesting surrounding history/trivia. Hopefully, others will chime in with their own drinks/comments/ideas, etc. - I think this could be a lot of fun and help build up a very helpful resource on an under discussed topic on this forum. Okole Maluna! Ben
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    Cronuts – worth the hype?

    Tried cronuts this weekend (don't want to know what I paid to have two delivered to Brooklyn). I thought the flavor was good, but texture was offputting to me (almost stale-like). My wife liked it though, which is mostly what counts. I wouldn't pay up for a black market cronut again, but may try one in the store when (if?) the insanity dies down.
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    Cronuts – worth the hype?

    Actually, it seems like if anything the hype is increasing (at least if Eater is to be believed): http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/06/as_the_days_grow_longer_so_do_the_lines_for_cronuts.php I will probably renege on waiting in that line, but I may take one for the team and pay a ridiculous price to get one delivered. To the naysayers, Dominique Ansel is the former Daniel pastry chef, and for my money, this is the best bakery in NYC - so I am definitely interested to try.
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    Cronuts – worth the hype?

    May try to grab one this weekend - if I do, will report back.
  5. May be my favorite thing in Chicago.
  6. For breakfast near midway, Birrieria Zaragoza is a can't miss (assuming you like goat for breakfast, and who doesn't). For Sunday dinner, could do Purple Pig - no reservations, might have to wait a bit depending on when you turn up. Don't know if you've ever seen LTHforums, but they are a great Chicago resource as well. ETA: The Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tours are excellent, but don't think they run in February - anything boat is probably going to be pretty chilly.
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    Dinner! 2013 (Part 1)

    Late posting, but here's the Wellington I made for Christmas. Came out really well!
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    Best delis in NYC?

    I can confirm that Mile End is excellent (Boerum Hill location in Brooklyn).
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    Dark turkey meat in oil

    I think this is in the realm of what you are considering? http://modernistcuisine.com/2010/11/a-modernist-thanksgiving/
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    Anthony Bourdain Roast

    Thought some of these were quite good: http://www.huffingto...l#slide=1634597
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    Dinner! 2012

    Is the broccoli cooked? If not, does the raw broccoli work with the rest of the dish?
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    Large Volume Stock Production Logistics

    Practically speaking Chris, bring it up to temperature so that it starts lightly venting and then dial back just enough so that it no longer vents at all. Then should effectively minimize boiling while maintaining the temperature/pressure that you want.
  13. The other key point is the disconnect between what makes sense for an individual and how people working in public health think about issues. If one in 1,000 people have an adverse blood pressure reaction to salt, it can make a lot of sense from a public health perspective to reduce sodium intake (that's 300,000 reduced adverse incidents in the US). However, from a personal perspective, you are making 999 people eat bland food with no benefit whatsoever. My wife and I both have very salty palates - the trend I do not like is not offering salt in higher end dining settings. Us salting the food doesn't mean the chef messed up, it means we like our food a little saltier than the average person.
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    Best bourbon for mint juleps

    Especially if it's a general audience, hard to beat Buffalo Trace for what you're looking at.
  15. I know you know this Karl, but for Scotty's benefit I will say that Zaragoza is pretty easy off the L - have done it several times. Especially if you are flying in or out of Midway, it's right on the way. I also like Xoco, and there are tons of good cocktail options if that's something that interests. There's also the classic Chicago stuff, which I think is worth a try if you have the meals (deep dish pizza, Italian Beef)
  16. I was there weekend before last - dining solo, but ended up sharing with two other solo diners at the bar, which worked great. We split the salt cod fried rice, mapo tofu, thrice cooked bacon, kung pao pastrami, peanuts, peas, and cucumber. Everything was awesome, but the peas in particular were a very pleasant surprise. I actually thought only the mapo tofu had that high heat/schezuan peppercorn thing going. It was also my least favorite of the dishes, but probably just personal taste. I was surprised in general that heat wasn't much of an issue. Also the restaurant didn't burn down, which was nice.
  17. I like to spray the bitters on with an atomizer. You can cover up part of the top to make designs, if you like (I usually just cover half with a piece of paper or something, but I'm sure y'all can get more creative).
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    Almond Flour/Almond Meal?

    http://www.netrition.com/bobs_red_mill_almond_flour_page.html#NUTFACTS Nutrition labels will almost always list total carbs, then below fiber and other. You can subtract the fiber from the total.
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    Almond Flour/Almond Meal?

    You might want to keep in mind that almonds are a bit over 21% carbohydrate, and half of that is in the form of sugars or starches. Also keep in mind that the half that is fiber does not affect ketosis and can essentially be ignored for low carb purposes. Every ounce of almonds brings about 3 grams of effective carbs to the party (for whole almonds it's 20-25, obviously for almond meal you will have to do the math per serving in your recipe)
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    Aperitivo Americano

    And do try a white negroni as well - I had a great version with Bittermen's Amere Sauvage at Amor y Amargo last week (made with Lillet, but the Apertivo Americano couldn't hurt)
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    Aperitivo Americano

    Don't think that's a negroni - maybe a reverse martini?
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    Best Fast Food Burger

    But only at Culver's can you get fried cheese curds, a crucial consideration.
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    Drinks! (2012, part 2)

    What is "sour orange juice"? Note that if you are going to sub, lime juice is your best bet (it's quite acidic, regular orange juice will not do).
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    Books About Vegetables

    Passard's cookbook is out