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May 20, 2014 07:01 AM

Hot Weather

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: slowcoooked

        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?

        1. re: rudeboy

          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 !!!!).

          1. re: slowcoooked

            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!

            1. re: rudeboy

              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.

              1. re: slowcoooked

                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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: Optimista

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

          2. 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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            1. re: crippstom

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

              1. re: crippstom


                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!"

                1. re: sweet100s

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

                  1. re: sweet100s

                    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.

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      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.

                      1. re: sweet100s

                        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.

                        1. re: sweet100s

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

                          1. re: rudeboy

                            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.

                            1. re: crippstom

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