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Feb 16, 2013 01:51 PM

Get-togethers and tours

After reporting on the recent tamale crawl, neontima asked if anyone was interested in any other Chowhound get-togethers.

Well, yes!

I'm not much in favor of crawls or tours - I'm not a big eater and that makes the prospect of hitting several restaurants in one day less appealing to me, although I don't rule them out completely.

But I've been a part of several get-togethers in the past and not only enjoyed them but found them a good way to learn about a new cuisine or restaurant, which is what chowhounding is all about for me.

As I mentioned in the Where did you eat thread ( ) I tried out an Egyptian place today, Dandanah Cafe and Grill, that is new to me and intend to go back. i thought there might be others who would like to do a little exploring, too.

A few years back, long before the Texas board was split up, the Houston contingent on the board was the most active and adventurous and held many get-togethers. I would like to see a revival of that culture. The most important thing to me is exploring and learning about new cuisines and dishes, rather than just going to places I already know.

If not Egyptian, maybe Peruvian?

Or, there is much I don't know about Chinatown, so much that it's daunting to even suggest where to start, although I have done individual tours in the past seeking the best soup dumplings, Sichuan, and Dan Dan Noodles.

Even BBQ - there are a few places around that are getting good reviews (Corkscrew, Tin Roof, Brooks Place, all on the far north side).

Anybody up for any of these?, or have any others to suggest?

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  1. I am totally for that. Or really, pretty-much anything. (Guess I'm not too discriminating.)

    A tour of Chinese might be particularly timely, as we now have a very lovely and knowledgeable Chinese couple that could share some info.

    Some time back, I read about Dorothy Huang - a Chinese/Houstonian that has written at least one cookbook, and offers cooking classes, as well as tours to various Chinese restaurants and markets. I have intended to sign up for one of her classes/tours, but just haven't found the time to do it. There is certainly a wealth of Asian food in Houston, and I'm up for whatever we all decide to do to explore it.

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    1. re: Jaymes

      Very interesting. I hadn't realized that nor heard of the cooking classes/tours. There are several interesting options there.

      I wonder if anyone on the board has any experience with any of the chefs?????

      I hope others here will be interested in a get-together. BTW, I meant to mention I spotted Latin Bites in my wanderings, the Peruvian restaurant. I have heard of it but it's outside my usual grazing area and hadn't paid much attention to it, but it certainly looks interesting.

      1. re: Jaymes

        Oops - I suppose I just missed my cue - Wife took me to a little 'Taiwanese street food' place called 'Star Snow Ice' - I know there are a gazillion of these, but in particular this one is in the Dun Hua Plaza on south side of Bellaire just inside Sam Houston. Long lines, so you know it's gotta be good. Excellent beef soup noodles and fried spicy chicken nuggets.

        Oh, wait, the thread is about getting together. Well, holy frijoles, I can't believe I didn't know there was a FB group! Just submitted my membership request!

        Along the lines of crawls or meetups - sure, if you guys want to try Chinatown-Bellaire, we'd be happy to help coordinate since we have some, but need more experience there!

        1. re: neointima

          Neointima - you've cited a very popular area with the HC group. Ive been to that very "Star Snow Ice" shop more than once with this group, and we know the area well and go often. Sunday brunches are especially popular. ANYONE can organize an outing, btw. Just get on the FB page or join the Yahoo group, announce a place, a date and a time, and you'll get many responses.

      2. Apparently a goodly many of those active folks moved to a talk board and no longer arrange get togethers here, but they still do them. They are also here:

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        1. re: Lambowner

          I don't have a Facebook account so I can't read that. I think I know the group you are referring to and it's no surprise their page is 'protected.' When they first started, you had to be 'approved' to even read their messages. I'm not interested in having to be 'approved' to find out about good places to eat. The internet is for sharing information for all, not just a select few.

          They use the name of this site, don't they? but they don't contribute here.

          1. re: brucesw

            I am a member (one of the first) of that group, and no, they do NOT use the name of this site. The "approval" was just a formality, to screen out spammers who only wanted to promote their own self interests. We did not create a FB group to keep people out, but to invite people IN. And if you don't use Facebook, you have no way to know that almost all "groups" there are "protected" on some level for the same reason cited above. Please consider joining us, Bruce - you're obviously a knowledgeable eater, and that's what its all about!

            1. re: Cheflambo

              I just joined. The "approval" arrived in my email inbox seemingly automatically, in a matter of just a few seconds.

              And you know what they say: if they'll accept me, they'll accept...

              Well, you know.

              1. re: Cheflambo

                They are called the Houston Chowhounds, right?

                  1. re: Cheflambo

                    Which is the name of this site? Not to be argumentative, but I don't see how they are not using the same name.

          2. I contacted those guys a couple of years ago right after I logged on here for the first time.

            I never got a reply.


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            1. re: DoobieWah

              Please try again. We are always welcoming of new members.

            2. Well, a short time back, King's Biergarten was getting a lot of publicity for being voted #1 German restaurant in the US by somebody, and I've been dying to go. Might that be a possibility for a meetup?


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              1. re: Jaymes

                My wife loves German bier, and I've been dying to go also, so I'm sure we're up for it!

                1. re: neointima

                  Very excited about King's Biergarten. I'm going to be spending the next couple of weekends moving into a new apmt, so might have to put it off a couple of weeks. But then, let's come up with a definite date/time.


                2. re: Jaymes

                  I'm not much of a bier fan but there appear to be some nice light noshes on the menu ;).

                  As an unreformed sausageaholic, I'm sure I could find some I'd like to try.

                  I'll keep my eye on your plans and see if I can make it.

                  I went to Corkscrew the other day. Excellent cue; I highly recommend though for a get-together there is the reported problem of their running out regularly. A weekday visit probably cuts down on that becoming a problem but I don't know how many are available for a weekday get-together.

                  I had no problems traffic wise and there was no line.

                  It is a long drive but compared to the wait at Gatlins, not too bad.