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      01-17-2018, 03:31 PM   #1
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Foodies!

My wife and I are huge foodies. We've always had a knack for good eats. Lately, we've been making a lot more than eating out. We have TONS of pics.

Anyone else out there foodies?
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Same here! We now mostly cook at home, because getting the same quality at a restaurant means going somewhere not exactly cheap.

We do have a foodie group we belong to and go out together once every month or two.
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Same here! We now mostly cook at home, because getting the same quality at a restaurant means going somewhere not exactly cheap.

We do have a foodie group we belong to and go out together once every month or two.
Completely agree! We have a select few... We realized there's a lot of people who say or think they're foodies, but they actually aren't.
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Completely agree! We have a select few... We realized there's a lot of people who say or think they're foodies, but they actually aren't.
Ya, takes a while to weed out the fake ones. If they say something like "I would never try that...", well....

But in our group of 8, most are the kind of people that will travel to find a good restaurant, or even drive 2-3 hours just to get that really good sausage/pickles etc. One of them got busted trying to smuggle an entire Prosciutto leg through customs. We have even travelled to NYC, Montreal and Quebec just to try fun restaurants.
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Ya, takes a while to weed out the fake ones.

But in our group of 8, most are the kind of people that will travel to find a good restaurant, or even drive 2-3 hours just to get that really good sausage/pickles etc. One of them got busted trying to smuggle an entire Prosciutto leg through customs. We have even travelled to NYC, Montreal and Quebec just to try fun restaurants.
LOL

good good. NYC, Chicago, Seattle, LA, Las Vegas, Portland, Detroit, even out in Asia. Such wondrous times. I might as well try to upload pics.
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Completely agree! We have a select few... We realized there's a lot of people who say or think they're foodies, but they actually aren't.
There's always a bigger snob out there than you. Something to keep in mind - all you've really done is found a peer group who is in your current level. That is who you believe are foodies, but I can say with a great degree of confidence that there are people out there who would not consider you a "foodie". Who are so far above your level. So those beneath you, so to speak, may still be foodies. Just not in your current group.

I like making good food, and both my wife and I do it quite well - in my opinion. Of course, others may feel differently. Like MMT said - we eat in a lot more than out as we can make at least the same quality of food for far cheaper, and not worry about who gets to drink that night and who is driving.
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There's always a bigger snob out there than you. Something to keep in mind - all you've really done is found a peer group who is in your current level. That is who you believe are foodies, but I can say with a great degree of confidence that there are people out there who would not consider you a "foodie". Who are so far above your level. So those beneath you, so to speak, may still be foodies. Just not in your current group.

I like making good food, and both my wife and I do it quite well - in my opinion. Of course, others may feel differently. Like MMT said - we eat in a lot more than out as we can make at least the same quality of food for far cheaper, and not worry about who gets to drink that night and who is driving.
I don't disagree with that at all. So far, we've been so critical compared to our peers. Would like to meet someone who is more "snobier" than us.
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Cooking is my favorite hobby. I can't stand boring food or bs displays at all so even the kids oatmeal in the morning turns in to a show.

My main thing is slow cooled meals, flavors, and marinades. Vegetables . I love using vegetables. I like making healthy meals with heavy sauces so often I replace pasta or rice with vegetable cakes (chop or grind what ever you have: Carrots, onions, turnips, a potato or two, spices and a an egg or two, make piles , shove them in to the oven, serve the steak on top of one with a a sauce made from the juices the vegetables pour out while cooking.)
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Seriously hate the term "foodie". Doesn't everyone enjoy good food? I don't know anyone who enjoys eating bad food.

There's a lot of snobbery going on these days in the food world, and frankly, just like with the recent wave of craft beers, there is a lot of garbage out there. My wife might as well be a chef, so for me to find a truly exemplary meal (especially living in Austin, which doesn't have a very good food scene) is difficult at best. If I want to eat well at a restaurant, I have to go to Seattle, LA, San Francisco or NYC.

Bottom line: don't put yourself on a pedestal because you see yourself as a "foodie". That's like my friend who thinks he knows good food because he only eats at Michelin star restaurants. Laughable at best!
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Completely agree! We have a select few... We realized there's a lot of people who say or think they're foodies, but they actually aren't.
This comes across as conceited. But for laughs, explain why some people see themselves as "foodies" but you seem to think they aren't?
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I don't disagree with that at all. So far, we've been so critical compared to our peers. Would like to meet someone who is more "snobier" than us.
Yeah, I promise - they're out there. Question is - how do you get into their circle? Well, share a similar lifestyle and you'll meet them right? But depends on if you have the dough to climb up into that realm.

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Cooking is my favorite hobby. I can't stand boring food or bs displays at all so even the kids oatmeal in the morning turns in to a show.

My main thing is slow cooled meals, flavors, and marinades. Vegetables . I love using vegetables. I like making healthy meals with heavy sauces so often I replace pasta or rice with vegetable cakes (chop or grind what ever you have: Carrots, onions, turnips, a potato or two, spices and a an egg or two, make piles , shove them in to the oven, serve the steak on top of one with a a sauce made from the juices the vegetables pour out while cooking.)
To use your expression, I swear to coffee (especially since I don't drink it), if you throw that steak in an oven, I'll book a flight to Finland and slap you with it. I don't think you do, but it was a little unclear...but I hope that steak is cooked separately, specifically on a BBQ, though there are a few other methods I'd accept too...cast iron frying pan for one.
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Yeah, I promise - they're out there. Question is - how do you get into their circle? Well, share a similar lifestyle and you'll meet them right? But depends on if you have the dough to climb up into that realm.



To use your expression, I swear to coffee (especially since I don't drink it), if you throw that steak in an oven, I'll book a flight to Finland and slap you with it. I don't think you do, but it was a little unclear...but I hope that steak is cooked separately, specifically on a BBQ, though there are a few other methods I'd accept too...cast iron frying pan for one.
It is supposed to be done in an oven. Reverse sear FTW!

I don't get the snobbery part of being a "foodie". To me, it is someone who enjoys food, and trying new and fun food, that simple. Does not necessarily have to be expensive. Surprising how many people could actually care less.
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It is supposed to be done in an oven. Reverse sear FTW!
Careful. You're much much closer than Finland.
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Careful. You're much much closer than Finland.
Bring it bitch!

You being from the T dot, if you are ever around Ottawa, highly recommend staying at this place for a weekend, and book dinner for Sat night. Although they only do it for groups.

http://www.tastefunatic.com/home.html

Owner used to run a Michelin star restaurant in the EU. Said fuck it, bought this little place. Simply amazing experience. He will cook in the old kitchen while you are there like sitting at the Chef's table, and take you through a taste experience. Explaining texture, taste, flavours etc etc. Bring your own wine and try and crawl back to your room.
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Bring it bitch!

You being from the T dot, if you are ever around Ottawa, highly recommend staying at this place for a weekend, and book dinner for Sat night. Although they only do it for groups.

http://www.tastefunatic.com/home.html

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Definitely will keep that in mind. My wife adores Ottawa, I do not. But because of her, we do visit from time to time, and she still has a few friends there.
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Definitely will keep that in mind. My wife adores Ottawa, I do not. But because of her, we do visit from time to time, and she still has a few friends there.
Well, Tastefunatics is only 5 min away from Calabogie Motorsports Park.

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I like trying to find the "best of" certain dishes and then trying to replicate them at home. Some of the "best of" dishes for me are at Michelin star level restaurants. Some of them are at non-Michelin star restaurants.

I don't readily have access to Michelin star restaurants because my home base is in Austin/Houston, but of the ones I've been to I've never had a bad meal. I've had some overrated meals (both at Michelin and non-Michelin star restaurants alike).

The best Indian restaurant that I've ever been to was a Michelin star restaurant in London called Gymkhana, and it was very reasonably priced as well. There are Indian restaurants in Austin Texas that charge just as much as Gymkhana. I felt it was a good deal. The second best Indian restaurant I've ever been to is a non-Michelin star restaurant in Vancouver called Vij's. With main dishes in the $30 range it was actually (on average) more expensive than Gymkhana. In Austin the best one I've been to is a place called Saffron (technically a Nepalese restaurant that sits inconspicuously in a strip mall). The the most overrated one I've been to is a popular place called the Clay Pit.

One of the more overrated Michelin star restaurants I've been to is a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Las Vegas called Restaurant Joel Robuchon. They pride themselves on their potato puree, but to my knowledge I've had just as good potato puree at many restaurants and let's be honest - it's pretty damned hard to mess something like that up.

I've been to endless steakhouses. If it's a chain steakhouse, I've probably been to it. The best I've ever had was at Crafsteak in Las Vegas. The second best I've ever had was at a chain restaurant called Pappas Bros (and thinking back, I liked it because the consistency of the filet was similar to something that might come out of a sous vide machine). Most other steaks I've had have been pretty on par, nothing terrible, and generally on par with Pappas Bros. The worst steak that I've ever had was at Smith and Wollensky in Houston. Everything else I've been to - Truluck's (not really a steakhouse), Fleming's, Ruth's Chris, Perry's, Vince Young, Capital Grille, III Forks, Bob's Steak and Chophouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, TRIO, Texas Land and Cattle, and probably about 10 others I'm forgetting have been good. Not bad, nothing spectacular, but just fine.

I don't view food in terms of price. I try to be price-agnostic when I assess food. At the end of the day for me personally, there's probably a weak correlation between the price of food and how delicious I perceive it to be. There's also a chance that I may be biased and that looking at the price of food may subconsciously affect my perception of it. Ideally I hope that this isn't the case, and the fact that the most expensive restaurant I've ever been to (Restaurant Joel Robuchon) is also not my favorite is (somewhat) testament to my price agnosticism.

I'm always on the look out for good pasta. One thing I've felt is that a lot of restaurants mess up simple cream based pasta dishes (in my opinion) generally by doing one of three things:

(1) Overcooking the pasta to the consistency of baby food
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I like trying to find the "best of" certain dishes and then trying to replicate them at home. Some of the "best of" dishes for me are at Michelin star level restaurants. Some of them are at non-Michelin star restaurants.

I don't readily have access to Michelin star restaurants because my home base is in Austin/Houston, but of the ones I've been to I've never had a bad meal. I've had some overrated meals (both at Michelin and non-Michelin star restaurants alike).

The best Indian restaurant that I've ever been to was a Michelin star restaurant in London called Gymkhana, and it was very reasonably priced as well. There are Indian restaurants in Austin Texas that charge just as much as Gymkhana. I felt it was a good deal. The second best Indian restaurant I've ever been to is a non-Michelin star restaurant in Vancouver called Vij's. With main dishes in the $30 range it was actually (on average) more expensive than Gymkhana. In Austin the best one I've been to is a place called Saffron (technically a Nepalese restaurant that sits inconspicuously in a strip mall). The the most overrated one I've been to is a popular place called the Clay Pit.

One of the more overrated Michelin star restaurants I've been to is a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Las Vegas called Restaurant Joel Robuchon. They pride themselves on their potato puree, but to my knowledge I've had just as good potato puree at many restaurants and let's be honest - it's pretty damned hard to mess something like that up.

I've been to endless steakhouses. If it's a chain steakhouse, I've probably been to it. The best I've ever had was at Crafsteak in Las Vegas. The second best I've ever had was at a chain restaurant called Pappas Bros (and thinking back, I liked it because the consistency of the filet was similar to something that might come out of a sous vide machine). Most other steaks I've had have been pretty on par, nothing terrible, and generally on par with Pappas Bros. The worst steak that I've ever had was at Smith and Wollensky in Houston. Everything else I've been to - Truluck's (not really a steakhouse), Fleming's, Ruth's Chris, Perry's, Vince Young, Capital Grille, III Forks, Bob's Steak and Chophouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, TRIO, Texas Land and Cattle, and probably about 10 others I'm forgetting have been good. Not bad, nothing spectacular, but just fine.

I don't view food in terms of price. I try to be price-agnostic when I assess food. At the end of the day for me personally, there's probably a weak correlation between the price of food and how delicious I perceive it to be. There's also a chance that I may be biased and that looking at the price of food may subconsciously affect my perception of it. Ideally I hope that this isn't the case, and the fact that the most expensive restaurant I've ever been to (Restaurant Joel Robuchon) is also not my favorite is (somewhat) testament to my price agnosticism.

I'm always on the look out for good pasta. One thing I've felt is that a lot of restaurants mess up simple cream based pasta dishes (in my opinion) generally by doing one of three things:

(1) Overcooking the pasta to the consistency of baby food
(2) Over-dressing the pasta with sauce
(3) Thinking that adding gobs of cheese out of proportion to other ingredients (butter, cream) always makes the dish better
Have you been to Red Ash yet?
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I haven't yet but it's funny you mentioned that because I saw one of my friends post pictures on facebook and it looked AWESOME! I checked their menu and saw "fresh pasta" and immediately bookmarked it for the next time I go to Austin.

I'm really excited to try that one out!
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