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  1. Okay, so how about W and I get a good dessert wine and do an appropriate dessert along with? Doing dessert will be a not-unwelcome departure for me, and he'll like the dessert-wine hunt...
  2. Hmmn... did Wes and I get voted out somewhere along the line? I was just checking in to see if any food "assignments" have been made and I don't see us on the latest list of attendees, but we were still planning on coming...
  3. Count us in too; the 30th works just fine for us! (Sans kids, of course... don't think that would work...) D
  4. Yeah, I sure do prefer Saccone's... Not that I would deny Home Slice as an authentic New York pie; I just prefer a good old Jersey one. Thinking of New York pizza inevitably conjures of unpleasant memories of every place called Ray's... I'm sorry--they can't ALL be the original, famous Ray's, can they? Hmmn... But I digress. I think of NY pizza as a necessity... something you can grab and down on the fly when you don't have time to duck into a diner. The Home Slice crust seemed okay at first taste, but by the time I neared the end of my small "medium" slice, the remaining crust was like crunchy cardboard. I got a genuine laugh that as we were discussing the pie, just as I was thinking how I didn't like the mouthfeel and found the cheese too resistant, W commented that he liked the mouthfeel and rubbery resistance of of it. See, the resistance is something I find distressing. When I take a bite, I don't want giant additional clumps of cheese to come off along with the ones I've purposely eaten--that just leaves a bunch of cheeseless crust behind, and that's just not a good thing. That just leaves things too saucy--again, distressng because I generally approve of sauciness. On that note, the sauce was nice, but I'll always be a sucker for Saccone's sweet sauce. But as always, chaqu'un a son gout. P.S. I liked this pie better cold as leftovers...
  5. Boy, it's like old home week (except I missed it by a month and a half or so...). I was in St. Louis--rather, I was a subject of those U. City lions from '77-'81, first living on Waterman (!) as nanny to five tiny humans, then on Dartmouth for several months, and ultimately just behind the Loop steps on Washington in a truly charming second-story place that we rented from its St. Louis U. professor-owner for $290 a month, split between three of us... Most Saturdays include a bleu cheeseburger at Blueberry Hill (or breakfast there), and I have fond memories of the roomies and I being so poor that we convinced the Imo's delivery guy to take a $6.00 check so we could have our square, thin little provy pie. I do remember some friends being wild for Talayna's, but I never was, since on my first visit, I noticed some of those giant U. City water bugs crawling happily along above the lit "stained glass" in the ceiling. Ick... Cicero's was our other cheap student eatery (used to practically live on their chef's salads, cheese garlic bread and artichoke hearts)--heck, we even took Itzhak Perlman there for pizza when he was performing at our school (the conservatory in the old temple on Trinity). Also have very fond memories of ducking out to Cyrano's for desserts... loved the flaming stuff and what we reffered to as their "babbling wall." And during my last couple years, worked as a waitress (and did a bunch of cooking) for a tiny place a bit further down on Delmar, the Tree Trunk Restaurant. It was run by a cranky ex-New Jerseyan and her very sweet husband, and oddly, most of the staff (me included) was also from NJ...
  6. Heh heh... at our house! I'd been craving them for quite some time and made some yummy mushroom ones a couple weeks back... you come on back anytime, you hear?
  7. LHG, it's a shame to hear your visit went up in flames like that... I must say, I wouldn't blame them for not having chicken or turkey sandwiches, since you really wouldn't expect to find such things on the lunch menus of Italian delis. But it's sad that the cookie chick didn't give you any advice as to what to order... I was happier with the bruschetta, but as I told W, I would have been happier with it with wine. There was definitiely a crusty issue, but nothing that I wouldn't have expected in any other Italian place. Granted, my legit Italian experience is limited to Venice, but NJ and NY sure have their fair share of genuine places, and this was certainly on a par with or better than anything encountered there. Sorry you had a not-so-great lunch... D
  8. Not to mention how much I loved the waiter who immediately offered our little guys a basket of foccacia, and who repeatedly came over the play with them the entire time we were there! Much of it looked like this: And we were all very happy.
  9. Hey Jaymes, how goes it?! I'm with you on Smitty's all the way. It was my favorite place in town...
  10. I'm betting I'm in the minority here, since even my husband likes this place, but I went there once when we first moved to Austin and loathed it. I'm sure I wouldn't like it any better now. Going out to breakfast makes me want comforting things, and I remember the coffee being acidic and 'thin', and when I ordered a soda instead, my Diet Coke was served in the can with a plastic glass with ice on the side. Just doesn't do it for me. And at least on that day, the migas were nothing to write home about (and I like migas a lot). I was also non-plussed by the general atmosphere and rushed feeling of the whole experience. In other words, I've hardly ever been so relieved to get out of a restaurant. Not to mention how annoying I find it to be nickel-and-dimed for every little thing you ask for, like a condiment that should've been included with the price of the meal...
  11. Sounds good, David. Anyone who needs directions or the address, just PM me...
  12. Nice to see the usual suspects turning out! Are Luggage and I the only ones doing hot dogs, just so we know what to buy? We're doing those NJ Italian-style ones with the peppers and fried potato on big ol' hunks of bread--if someone else was doing something different I would plan on making smaller portions, but if we're the only hot dog people, then we'll go ahead and make a big batch.
  13. Great, so... who's in? Can we try to get a final count by Wednesday so we'll know what to do in terms of shopping?
  14. Sounds good, because once it's a tad after six, our little guys will be asleep for the night...
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