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Things that are making you happy*******food and drink edition******

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by robbie, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Senior member

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    If I were you, I'd loathe myself regardless of my latest meal. So don't sweat it too much.
     
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  2. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    Hey eto anyone ever tell you that you are hilarious? They haven't? Oh that's because you aren't.
     
  3. Huntsman

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    Anyone ever hear from kyle anymore? What's he up to?
     
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  4. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    he's dating a lara croft lookalike. and still in rural midwest.
     
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    Had to Google Lara Croft, but good for him, though I thought he would stay in Chicago or somsesuch. I wish him well.
     
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    dude, you have got to up your game. that's what I was writing 15 years ago (seriously, it's in "French Fry" ... so probably more like 20). Still do wet-brine pork, but most others I prefer dry. Oh, oddly, have been converted to wet-brining some lean fish, such as halibut.
     
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    edinatlanta Senior member

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    I thought you were anti brine? Or are you anti marinade? I can't remember.
     
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    i'm not anti anything. i love all things. in their proper context. wet-brining does introduce a lot of water that can make poultry, especially, "squishy" even after roasting. but it's good for pork, which has a firmer texture. marinades are great, even though they don't do what most people think they do -- they only season about the exterior 1/8 inch of the meat. and they don't "tenderize" ... though they will make the surface mealy and granular if there's too much acid for too long.
     
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    do you control the time of the wet brine or do a long wet brine and then soak it in water a little?
     
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    if you're using the correct ratio of salt to water, there's no need to account for time or a subsequent soak. I like a 7% brine, about 2/3 cup of salt for gallon of water.
     
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    Welp. Thanks for crushing my dreams of starting an iFight.
     
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    oh edna. sweet, failing edina.
     
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    I was able to find one of my favorite cuts of meat (hanger steak) at the Buford Hwy Farmer Market in Shitlanta. Say what you want about the city, but they have one of the most impressive grocery stores here. If I lived within an hour of this place, I'd do all my shopping here.

    Cooked up the steaks with a couple cloves of garlic, a few sprigs of thyme, salt, pepper, and a whole mess of butter in my cast iron pan. Really tasty.

    Also bought and tried a lot of random fruits. Mangosteen, Spanish lime, and sugar apple were my favorites.
     
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    BuHi farmer's market is ridiculously amazing. 17 types of eggplant year round, scapes whenever, just about any spice that's available to mankind, seafood of all levels of endangerment... and then saturday afternoon samples...
     
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    Edmond Fallot's Balsamic & honey dijon mustard is fantastic for sandwiches.
     
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    :wow: I did not know about this, will have to plan next trip accordingly.
     
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    Seriously dude. You'll be full as shit afterward. And if not just go buy some of those cream puffs at the front.
     
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    So here's my thoughts on my Seattle, Vancouver and Portland trip (because I know you were all dying to find out).

    1) I am moderately sad to say that my little Nespresso machine will no longer cut it. Or it will, but rather I know it will never be able to measure up to the great espresso shots I had in those cities (I mean, I knew before that it never would. I guess now that I have some espresso preferences and seeing just how good the drinks were really crystallized how far and above a machine-pulled espresso is).

    2) That said, I think coffee geeks vastly over-hype coffee and elevate it beyond what it is. Again, I had some shots that were mind-blowingly good. But espresso is an ephemeral drink. Yes it has a ton of flavor and there's a lot going on but there's nothing to it. Two sips later and you're done. Also, as I think gdl203 said, it's laughable for Europeans to think that espresso is some sort of deified beverage. You drink it because it's pleasurable and keeps you alert. If you were just going for the latter you'd drink a Monster but you want some pleasure out of it. I dunno, I side more with the Euro frogs on this one.

    3) PDX really did kinda suck. Tons of sprawl, there's too many just shitty people everywhere. Seeing someone prepare a speedball in front of your car at 2:00 PM in downtown, having an 18-year-old vagrant beg at your table while walking his similarly-disheveled girlfriend with a leash. Yeah, they're not pleasant things. Oh, and the smugness. My god.

    4) Vancouver was the best food city.

    5) Seattle was also depressing at times.

    6) I think it's OK to pay high prices for just decent food when you're sitting right on the water.

    7) The farmer's market at Portland State was amazing. It's funny I was commenting on how the benefit to that one over Atlanta's markets is that we have something like 35 markets on any given Saturday so we divide up all the providers. We could easily have something of that size but still the overall depth of the market was hard to beat.

    8) Montana has better cherries and berries than the PNW. I remember being in MT in late July a few years ago. $2 for a half gallon of huckleberries? $5 for a ton of ranier cherries? Then drive down a mile and get some quality jerky?

    9) Voodoo donuts was kind of fucking stupid. Also, all the donut craze is stupid. People flip their lids because the toppings are good but there's so fucking much on all of them that it's ridiculous. I will admit that the donut at VD was actually really excellent. But I couldn't even eat half of it because there was just so much. And I have an iron, gluttonous stomach.

    10) Put on about eight pounds in nine days. The good news is I already burned most off (thanks ridiculously fast metabolism!).

    On another unrelated note: good god do I hate internet food writing. No one gives a shit about some fucking story that's at best incidental to the dish. (Well, they do, obviously but those people are stupid).

    Also, reading some of the vegan blogs... holy fuck you people sound miserable. "You can't do X so do A for something similar" "the market just doesn't want to provide quality, natural products for people who want to eat healthy!" For fuck's sake, I eat pretty healthy but I also don't turn food into some evil or spend hours of my life working around what I can and can't eat. I'd say I hit a pretty perfect sweet spot of deriving pleasure from food while eating well (probably a bit too biased toward the former but whatever).
     

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