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rudeboy May 20, 2014 07:01 AM

Hey, I hate heat. I almost get depressed when summer comes, but I'm so happy that we have had the most glorious spring. The incendiary heat will be here soon, hopefully tempered by El Nino.

I can eat snow cones, live in Barton Springs, and spend thousands of dollars cooling my house, Plan is to get out of the house and explore the cooler options for food - cold noodles, ceviche, cold dishes, free air conditioning, etc.

Ideas? I know that this is a bit esoteric.

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    Querencia RE: rudeboy May 20, 2014 07:07 AM

    Let your refrigerator be a salad bar: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions...jars of artichoke hearts, pickled beets, baby corn...make or buy tabbouleh, hummos, baba ganooj, potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad. All you have to do then is grab a plate and assemble.

    1. slowcoooked RE: rudeboy May 20, 2014 07:08 AM

      Ditto on the heat, it's probably the biggest problem I have with living here apart from HWY 35 traffic and dealing with the governor's obvious disdain for UT and its professors. so...

      not to be redundant with yesterday's post RB, but if you're into chocolate, you can do a lot worse than a cold scoop of chocolate gelato from dolce vita and a fizzy awesome dreamcicle beverage from quack's to be sipped while eating the chocolate. Notably, Quack's uses great ice, the small soft stuff. Top that, if you dare, and share with us what ended up being better.

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        rudeboy RE: slowcoooked May 21, 2014 02:41 PM

        Doublereply to both of you. Love the idea of the refrigerated salad bar. I'm not fat at all, but my total cholesterol is 260 (my good cholesterol is high, though, so my ratio is good), so the doc always says don't worry about it. I love meat too much, but for many reasons, I need to cut back. I challenged my kids with pickled red beets -my daughter ate one but refused the second.

        I MUST have that quack's dreamsicle thing. I loved dreamsicles as a kid. Vanilla and orange are ethereal when dancing together. I understand about the ice. What kind of prof are you, slowcooked?

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          slowcoooked RE: rudeboy May 21, 2014 08:22 PM

          Rudeboy, you are way too close in that burnet hood to not get a dreamcicle three days ago for yourself and for those young-uns.

          Since you asked, I am over in the college of pharmacy - do research and teaching on metabolism and related diseases (thankfully past tenure !!!!).

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            rudeboy RE: slowcoooked May 21, 2014 10:41 PM

            Ahhh - tenured. I work in environmental consulting. No tenure or pension with that. I may need your services when I am old and decrepit. I'll get those kids there ASAP!

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              slowcoooked RE: rudeboy May 22, 2014 06:43 AM

              Perks - they were my students yesterday that I introduced (along with myself) to Sonora Dogs. They gushed. Good solid work lunch. BTW, do they have umbrellas for the tables (the poles are there) but just remove them on windy days. I need to keep a ball cap handy I guess for my bald head and welsh skin tone for those shadeless trailer tables.

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                rudeboy RE: slowcoooked May 22, 2014 07:19 AM

                I know that the owners are following this thread, and I would imagine that umbrellas are in the plan. We talked about the heat yesterday, We've had a wonderful May, but the heat is on. The heat is on. Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho

      2. dinaofdoom RE: rudeboy May 21, 2014 04:37 PM

        if you are up in the far northwest, ajishin has several cold soba dishes. one of my friends loves them (and orders at least one round of extra noodles to sop up the broth).

        and what about deckhand oyster bar, which everyone has been talking about in a separate thread? icy glasses of beer, oysters or shrimp cocktail... made for summer.

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          Optimista RE: rudeboy May 22, 2014 09:55 PM

          Lick Ice Cream.

          And for those days when you're too lazy to venture out of your house, a friend recently introduced me to a dessert that I eat constantly. Frozen blueberries (just HEB brand, nothing special) with milk - not quite enough to cover the blueberries. Then mash them around a bit with a spoon and the milk gets all freezy and blue. It's surprisingly delicious, delightfully cold, and reasonably healthy. I can't get enough of it.

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            rudeboy RE: Optimista May 23, 2014 07:43 AM

            I will definitely try that. I think that my kids will love that too.

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            crippstom RE: rudeboy May 22, 2014 10:09 PM

            Heat is a conundrum for me. I work in property management and now is the time for renovating exterior projects. I'm fair skinned but i'd rather be outside than inside. Fresh air. That and a black lab mix who has to hit the greenbelts on my days off. Yes all day. Cool clear water is our salvation. I've noticed that Central Texans seem to be able to manage the heat better than anyone. I've read that eating hot chiles make hot weather more manageable. At least it's a good excuse to eat more spicy food. As if I need one.

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              rudeboy RE: crippstom May 23, 2014 07:44 AM

              I have noticed that too, crippstom. It is antithetical, but it does work!

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                sweet100s RE: crippstom May 23, 2014 11:37 AM


                Gazpacho makes me feel cool and healthy.
                I've tried this and enjoyed it


                I heard on the news that the Round Rock fire dept was getting these
                Body Layerz Zero Cooling Product - Red Tie Version

                Last summer painting the garage door just about did me in heat-wise, so I bought one.

                I've since bought 2 others as gifts. They really do make you feel tons cooler even when in direct sun and high heat. While attending a graduation last weekend my sister said, "I wish I had your neck thing!"

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                  rudeboy RE: sweet100s May 23, 2014 03:18 PM

                  Wow.that cooling product looks awesome! That frozen strawberry marg (off o the right) looks awesome too.

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                    amysuehere RE: sweet100s Jul 6, 2014 11:27 AM

                    Ah! Thank you, sweet100s! I walk a car lot all day during the week and that's just the ticket! Wish they weren't sold out.

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                      sweet100s RE: amysuehere Jul 6, 2014 03:49 PM

                      AmySue, Get the camo version; it's a man magnet :-). 1 left.
                      They also have 2 left of the green version that ties.

                      I used one while bbq'ing from 9pm - 3am (we got carried away...)

                      On August work trip to New York city, will definitely pack one. Then when the heat emanating off the concrete becomes too much (90 degrees there feels like 97 - 100 when downtown),I'll pop into anyplace that will give me 2 glasses of ice water, or 1 iced tea + 1 (big) iced water.

                      I'll drink half the water to create empty space in the glass.
                      Then, use the rest of the ice water to submerge the neck thing into. By the time I finish the tea.... it will be great for ~ 2 hours of chillin'.

                      A better alternative would be a summer residence in the Emerald City (Seattle). That's my conclusion after getting off the airport shuttle at 9pm and feeling a rush of air in the 60's in June. Pure bliss.

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                        amysuehere RE: sweet100s Jul 6, 2014 04:29 PM

                        Done and done. I got the tie version, but what do you think about the loop? Especially thinking of using it as a headband.

                        You know, I really need to get a screw bottle and get some Son. Hot Dog's agua fresca to go sometime this week as well.

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                          rudeboy RE: sweet100s Jul 6, 2014 06:20 PM

                          sweet100s, I also dream of a summer residence. Doesn't look like it is happening anytime soon, so I'll get by on gazpacho!

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                            crippstom RE: rudeboy Jul 6, 2014 10:11 PM

                            I have 2 words when experiencing the heat. Big Sur.
                            But I settle for Barton Springs. 1/2 hour in the water fixes my day. And it's only hot out. As opposed to the superhot that is on its way.
                            Everyday is a step closer to Fall.

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                              slowcoooked RE: crippstom Jul 7, 2014 06:26 AM

                              I have to agree, a dip in Barton Springs completely resets my apathetic perspective on a 95+ degree day.

                  2. ret3 RE: rudeboy May 23, 2014 11:25 AM

                    During the summer, I buy a bag of grapes every week or two and throw them in the freezer. They're the perfect post-commute cool-down snack while I make dinner (which frequently involves cucumbers).

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                      crippstom RE: rudeboy May 23, 2014 03:37 PM

                      Thanks Sweet100's. I will have to buy one of those.

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                        sweet100s RE: crippstom May 24, 2014 07:57 PM

                        Suggestion: get the version that ties in the front, not the single piece "necklace" version. That company makes a great product but they need more distributors. Amazon is the only place I've seen it for sale, but they have outages. Academy should carry it.

                        I used it while on a hot outdoor range (gun range). Whether it's ear protection or a hat or a hairdo you don't want to mess up, the version that ties in front is more versatile than needing to pull it over your head.

                        Plus, when you are playing tourist this summer, to recharge it (make it cold again) when you break for lunch or a drink:
                        - Ask for an extra glass of ice water for yourself
                        - Point to the person you're with and explain s/he is a camel and drinks all your water too.

                        Then, you drink half the ice water in your extra glass, and dunk that thing in the rest of it. It will be ready to chill you again within 5 minutes.

                        But the server will give you an odd look upon return.

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                        Rptrane RE: rudeboy May 23, 2014 04:13 PM

                        East side king at Hole in the wall makes cold ramen. Very good.

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                          storefronteats RE: rudeboy May 25, 2014 02:19 PM

                          The shrimp ceviche at Takoba is really good. On a hot evening, we make dinner for two out of ceviche, guacamole, and some icy cold beers. Ask for the molcajete salsa, which they don't seem to offer but which is always available upon request. If you happen to go during happy hour, it's a total steal of a dinner. Stay cool!

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                            rudeboy RE: storefronteats May 25, 2014 02:33 PM

                            Wow, that sounds perfect. Thanks for the heads-up!

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                            knightro98 RE: rudeboy May 27, 2014 07:29 AM

                            Watermelon slices from the fridge!

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                              Optimista RE: rudeboy Jul 5, 2014 04:03 PM

                              I just discovered Snow Monster. My new summer addiction:


                              Also, I can't believe I forgot to suggest my favorite grab-and-go cold meal from Whole Foods - their spicy salmon bowl (raw spicy salmon, white or brown rice, diced cucumber, occasionally - but not always - a bit of avocado. Served with wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger. I usually dump the soy sauce packet into the wasabi container, stir it all together, then pour the whole thing over the top of the bowl.)

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                                slowcoooked RE: Optimista Jul 6, 2014 07:13 AM

                                thanks Optimista, that's right in my hood. it doesn't even look like ice !

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                                  Optimista RE: slowcoooked Jul 6, 2014 09:26 PM

                                  I think there's a fair amount of milk involved. They call it shaved ice, but I think it's a misnomer...

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