|I love both cooking and eating out at restaurants. The 'net is full of websites devoted to food, cooking, and eating, but I wanted to highlight a few topics: sushi, buffalo wings, and some of the Dallas area restaurants.
A lot of people just can't deal with sushi. They usually have some image of slimy, raw fish. But nearly everyone that I've talked into trying it has been pleasantly surprised. It wasn't anything like they thought!
Me, I can't get enough of the stuff. If it were cheaper I'd be eating it every day. I can barely afford my unagi and hamachi cravings as it is... And my wife starts getting grouchy if she doesn't get a Philly roll regularly.
If you haven't tried sushi yet, you really don't know what you're missing! Here are some useful sushi links to get you started:
My wife is who got me into buffalo wings. Since that time, we've been on the quest for the ultimate wings. Our benchmark for the best wings is Hooters.
Believe it or not, Hooters is one of my wife's favorite restaurants. She makes us go there at least once or twice a month. Our standard order is "50 naked and hot, 2 celeries, 2 blue cheeses". (Translation: 50 wings, unbreaded, in their moderate spicy sauce, two side orders of celery sticks and two cups of blue cheese dressing for dipping.) And there are seldom any leftovers.I've had reasonable success making buffalo wings at home, but haven't perfected it yet.
For people in the Dallas area, there are a couple of reference websites about restaurants. I've also included the link for Chuy's, my all around favorite restaurant. I'd been to all of their locations until they stuck one out in California. Maybe this calls for a road trip. ;)
| ||Nothing goes better with good food than a great drink. I've really come to appreciate fine wines and tasty brews (brew here means beer, I don't drink coffee). I've listed some beer and wine sites so that you can too!
I'm a beer snob. I love great beer. Strangely enough, I only started even liking beer about 6 years ago. Before that I found it entirely too bitter and I avoided it most of the time. Then someone introduced me to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The rest is history...
Since then, I've discovered lots of great beers. Anytime I'm shopping, I will buy a bottle of any beer (except wheats.. ugh!) that I haven't tried before. In fact, I've started a list of every beer I've ever tried, along with my rating of it. Unfortunately the list is several hundred varieties long and may take some time to get typed in. But when I do, it will be listed here. In the meantime, I've listed some of my favorite beer-related links below...
I've also homebrewed a few batches myself. It takes some patience but the results are usually well worth it. It's always fun to watch someone's expression as they reluctantly take a sip of homebrew, then find to their surprise that it can taste just like store bought beer.
One of my hobbies is brewpub hopping. My wife and I like to travel so we make it a point of visiting any brewpubs in the places we go. We've also found that beer offerings can vary widely in different regions so we always take a cooler with us to bring back beers that aren't available locally. (which can be quite a few!)
The Real Bear Page
It is uncommon for someone to be both a beer snob and a wine snob, but somehow I managed it. ;^) Actually, I took some wine-tasting classes while in college and really began to appreciate better wines. It was around that time that I found that some $8 wines are as good as some $50 bottles. Cool!
We haven't tried it yet, but sometime soon we intend to try making our own wine. That takes even more patience than brewing beer. In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy wines that offer good bang for the buck. For the record, my favorites are Gewurtztraminers, red Zinfandels, tannic Cabs, and buttery creamy Chardonays. I also seem to enjoy Sonoma wines over most other regions.The Wine Page
David's Whine Cellar
Robin Garr's Wine Lovers' Page
Matt's Guide To Cheap Wine
Wine X Magazine
The Zin Zealot
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