Friday, June 25, 2010

Chicken Fried Steak Review

Nunnrey and I tested out the Steak Bites at the San Marcos River Pub and Grill. The menu describes them thus:

Our famous chicken fried steak served in bite sized portions with fries and cream gravy...

It'd be cooler if they included a couple more steak strips, but they're pretty good. I think this might be my preferred way of eating this stuff. The steak was tender, and the breading had great adherence. It would probably be even better with a dash of some hot sauce. I forgot my carry bottle today. On the downside, the Coors Light wasn't at its optimum temp.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sweet Tea Vodka Test

We had a sweet tea vodka taste test last night. The market has quite a few entrants now, and testing them all in one sitting is more than I want to tackle. Here's our lineup:

Tasting notes:


First tried 1:1 vodka to HEB Seltzer. Was a little stiff, added more seltzer. Went to 2:3 ratio.

James: Where's the football game?

Shey: (Making faces) I prefer Coors Light.

Stefanie: Sweet. Would like to taste more tea.

John: It's aight, I appreciate the sweet, sweet flavor.

James adds that the girl at the liquor store said, "good choice," regarding the Firefly.

Firefly Mint

James: Not a fan of that at all.

Shey: Tastes like the last one with a wad of spit out Wrigley's gum in it.

Stefanie: Like a Mint Julep without the whiskey disgustingness.

John: I agree about the spearmint gum taste. I can drink it, but only as a last resort.

Firefly Lemon

James: Needs more water (this was at the 2:3 ratio). Would you like a little tea with your lemon? Tastes like John's shirt would taste, I imagine. [John is wearing a yellow shirt] I'd drink 5 bottles of this to not drink the mint.

Shey: Bad aftertaste. Better than the mint.

Stefanie: Tastes like bastardized Limoncello.

John: I had high hopes for this. I'm guessing it would be better if we put another dash of water in there. It's drinkable.

Deep Eddy

At this point we adjusted the ratio. It's now 1:2 (vodka:seltzer).

James: Very strong tea taste. Not syrupy. Tastes like they left a tea bag in there for a while.

Shey: Tastes more like unsweet tea than sweet.

Stefanie: My favorite so far. Tastes like real tea.

John: Because it's not as sweet, I think I could drink more of this over the course of the day.

Sweet Carolina

James: Sweet Carolina--made in Maine. Where's the tea?

Shey: [She dumped hers out, and started drinking some water.]

Stefanie: Harsh. Not very sweet. Fail.

John: I thought I liked this stuff based on past drinking experiences. I've changed my mind.


James: Six samples deep, and this is still hard to drink.

Shey: That's not very good. I don't like it.

Stefanie: It might have good tea flavor, but I can't tell over the battery acid.

John: Can vodka really contribute a bad taste like this?

Jeremiah Weed

James: The aftertaste is syrupy like I took a sip of regular Coke.

Shey: Tastes like the 1st one.

Stefanie: Too sweet.

John: Might be my favorite, but I'd like to add a little more water.

Overall picks

James: Firefly
Shey: Deep Eddy
Stefanie: Deep Eddy
John: Jeremiah Weed

Shey dumped everything she didn't drink into a cup creating some kind of sweet tea vodka bar mat for James to drink after we finished.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bros Icing Bros

I hadn't heard of Bros Icing Bros until earlier this week. Here's a story with some background. James is painting his kitchen today, so I figured he could use a good icing.

Sounded like a good flavor.

Place on doorstep and ring bell.

Enjoy the results.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Misleading Advertising

I got an email from yesterday whose subject said, "$13.97 for Motorboating Magazine." Turns out this mag has boats and stuff in it.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Our Hero?

The video takes a bit to load up, but you'll like it.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

University Inn Condos?

Developers oppose University Inn condo conversion project

The developers of CottonMill Marketplace fought what could be a renovation of the adjacent University Inn on Spring Street by another developer who asked the city Tuesday for a conditional use of the general business district.
Planning to turn the hotel’s 100 units into 50 condominiums, Larry Tabor of Tabor Properties LLC argued to the Board of Aldermen that the development, University Club Condominiums, would not hinder any plans for the Marketplace project.

I hope they plan on preserving the character of the Inn. It would be really nice to keep the furniture and bedding. Luke, we could be University Inn neighbors!