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What I Ate: January 31, 2010 (Azul Tequila)

Posted 31 January, 2010 at 10:13pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: Tina and I ate at Azul Tequila (4211 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 416-9667‎) where we ordered more food than we could eat. We started with the Ceviche Costeño Precooked fish and shrimp marinated with lime juice, mixed with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, avocado, and spices.
Azul Tequila - Ceviche Costeno

It was a little too acidic for Tina, but exactly what I was looking for. I ate it on the provided saltines as well as tortilla chips (and preferred the tortilla chip).
Azul Tequila - Ceviche Costeno on Saltine and Tortilla Chip

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What I Ate: January 31, 2010 (Azul Tequila)

Pilot Hole Sizes for Metal Screws and Wood Screws

Posted 30 January, 2010 at 9:43pm by Michael Chu
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While installing shelving in my home, I had to drill pilot holes for #8 and #12 Metal Screws into studs. The problem was, I didn't know how big to drill the holes and when the holes were too small, it was quite difficult to drive the screws into place. I didn't want to make the pilot holes too big because I wanted the shelves to be as sturdy as possible, so I ended up eyeballing the bits (so the shank of the screw would be covered but not the threads) then moving up in size one at a time until I could drive the screws in. Later, I looked up the bit sizes for the screws and decided to post them here for future reference. Hopefully, they will be of help to others as well.
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Pilot Hole Sizes for Metal Screws and Wood Screws

What I Ate: January 30, 2010 (Domino's Pizza, El Pollo Rico)

Posted 30 January, 2010 at 9:20pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We decided to order Domino's Pizza to try their new pizza which supposedly has a new crust, new sauce, and new cheese mix. We ordered their Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch and their ExtravaganZZa Feast Pizzas with Hand Tossed crust. We liked both pizzas before, so we were eager to see if they made it better or they screwed it up. When they arrived it was a huge disappointment. Here's what the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch looked like.
Domino’s Pizza - Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch

The pizza was soggy with grease and slippery with ranch flavored liquid goo (dressing?). Half the pizza wasn't topped and part of the toppings has slide off the pizza to pool on the side of the box. This wasn't surprising given that the entire cheese layer floated on the Ranch dressing. It was pretty disgusting in flavor - too much Ranch.

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What I Ate: January 30, 2010 (Domino's Pizza, El Pollo Rico)

What I Ate: January 29, 2010 (Steak 'n Shake)

Posted 30 January, 2010 at 12:39am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We served smoked short ribs on noodles with some sauteed garlic and collard greens. I don't know if I'll smoke short ribs again - they come out quite dry and a bit chewy (although full of flavor).
Short Rib on Noodles with Collard Greens

Dinner: We ate at Steak 'n Shake where I had a Portabello and Swiss Burger with Onion Rings.
Steak ‘n Shake - Portabello and Swiss Burger with Onion Rings

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What I Ate: January 29, 2010 (Steak 'n Shake)

What I Ate: January 28, 2009 (Homemade Ramen)

Posted 28 January, 2010 at 11:44pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: We went over to our friends Kent and Larisa's place where they made us ramen. The noodles were from a package, but the pork soup base, pork shoulder, pork belly, and egg were all homemade. The egg was poached in the shell sous vide until perfection with the yolk just firmed up to a creamy custardy consistency. An excellent dinner!
Homemade Ramen

Lunch: I heated some fish sticks in the convection oven and made a tartar sauce for lunch.
Fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce

What I Ate: January 27, 2010 (Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs)

Posted 28 January, 2010 at 12:05am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: Tina stir-fried some rice with the remaining pork belly and broccoli rabe and served it with a corn soup.
Pork Belly and Broccoli Rabe Fried Rice

Dinner: I mesquite smoked a rack of baby back ribs (as well as a couple pounds of beef short ribs, but that's for a different meal) and ate it with broccoli and tater tots.
Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs

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What I Ate: January 27, 2010 (Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs)

What I Ate: January 26, 2010 (The Carillon)

Posted 26 January, 2010 at 9:31pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: Tina and I went to a food tasting at The Carillon (1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 404-3655) near the UT campus. The Carillon is a bit strange in that it serves buffet lunch and fine dining at dinner. We tried a variety of dishes which were all decent to very good. The braised short ribs were some of the best that I've had.
The Carillon - Pork Belly with Asian pear and fried mint

Next best were the pork belly with Asian pear and fried mint.
The Carillon - Pork belly

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What I Ate: January 26, 2010 (The Carillon)

What I Ate: January 25, 2010

Posted 25 January, 2010 at 11:57pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: I ate the leftover sirloin beef tips with seasoned rice with fresh cooked broccoli.
Leftover beef tips with broccoli

Dinner: I ate a couple slices of smoked pork belly with white rice and sauteed broccoli rabe.
Smoked pork belly with rice and broccoli rabe

What I Ate: January 24, 2010 (Costco, Whip In)

Posted 24 January, 2010 at 11:58pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: A quick lunch at Costco of a polish sausage with sauerkraut and a slice of pizza. I forgot to take a picture of the pizza until after I ate half of it. Sorry.
Costco - Polish Sausage with Sauerkraut

Costco - Half Eaten Combination Pizza Slice

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What I Ate: January 24, 2010 (Costco, Whip In)

What I Ate: January 23, 2010 (El Pollo Rico)

Posted 23 January, 2010 at 10:38pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: I ate a couple slices of the Pizza Hut pizza leftovers.
Pizza Hut Leftovers

Dinner #1: Midway through running errands (it seems like we're ALWAYS running errands - this time we were taking inventory of the shelving available at The Home Depot and Lowes for purchase tomorrow when we'll have a 14-ft. rental truck to pick up the materials), we got hungry. We were near Mighty Fine on Brodie Lane, so we stopped in for some fries. We also decided to try their chopped chili dog which was flavorful, but dry and a little chewy. Next time, I might try them with onions, cheese, and yellow mustard.
Mighty Fine Burgers - Chopped Chili Dog

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What I Ate: January 23, 2010 (El Pollo Rico)

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