Firecast Podcast Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

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Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

Dana Romero, producer of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo and the World Hot Sauce Awards, chats to Scott about the upcoming documentary on John “CaJohn” Hard titled CaBOOM! Also, Ken and Scott review Born to Hula Smokehaus Salsa.

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Texas BBQ Wannabe: 144

144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, Connecticut) – “A bank robber, cattle herder, Justice of the Peace, moonshiner and cook, Hoodoo Brown epitomized life in the Wild West. We celebrate Hoodoo Brown’s spirit and authenticity by cooking the best Texas barbecue on the planet…or at least right here in Ridgefield. Owner Cody Sperry was inspired several years ago on a “guys trip” to Austin, Texas. There they traveled to over a dozen barbecue joints, with owner’s generously sharing their stories, secrets and passion for creating true Texas barbecue. He returned to Ridgefield with a new outlook and desire to replicate what he experienced in Texas. He started his apprenticeship on a Big Green Egg smoker and eventually opened a barbecue catering business. Through the encouragement of his customers, friends and family, he decided to open Hoodoo Brown BBQ. He met his Pitmaster, Nestor Laracuente, highly regarded as one of the best pitmasters on the East Coast, on social media and now they cook your barbecue low and slow, for up to 16 hours over aged hardwood on a custom Lang Smoker.” 

*I had the pleasure to spend 3 days with the Cody Sperry, the man behind Hoodoo Brown, a couple of years ago. Awesome guy. I wish Hoodoo Brown the very best and hope I get the opportunity to stop in sometime. 

Updated list: 

1. Texas Smokehouse (Decatur, AL)
2. Hill Country Barbecue (Manhattan)
3. Dallas BBQ (Manhattan)
4. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (Beijing)
5. Capital Q (Washington, DC) – RIP
6. Little Texas (Iasi, Romania)
7. Back Forty Texas BBQ (CA)
8. West Texas Barbeque Co. (Jackson, MI)
9. Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ (Van Nuys, CA)
10. Barn Burner Texas Barbeque (Pasadena, CA)
11. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que (Sacramento, CA)
12. Texas West BBQ (3 CA locations)
13. Tootie’s Texas Barbeque (Cathedral City, CA)
14. Armadillo Willy’s Real Texas BBQ (Los Altos, CA)
15. The Original Texas Barbecue King (Los Angeles)
16. Longhorn Barbecue (3 WA locations)
17. Bubb’s Big Texas Style BBQ (Big Bend, WI)
18. The Texas BBQ Company (Northborough, MA)
19. DJ’s Texas Style BBQ (Lewiston, ME)
20. Serious Texas BBQ (3 CO locations)
21. Abbey’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (San Diego, California)
22. Jake’s Authentic Texan Bar B-Q (Rensselaer, NY)
23. Buster’s Texas Style Barbecue (3 OR locations)
24. Howard’s Texas Barbecue Service (Portland, OR)
25. Bennett’s BBQ (CO, TN, & NC)
26. Kin Folks Texas Style BBQ (Altoona, IA)
27. Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (2 FL locations)
28. Shaw’s Texas Style BBQ (Hercules, CA)
29. Backwoods BBQ (Corona, CA)
30. Cedar River Smoke House (Renton, WA)
31. Big Al’s Texas BBQ (Lehi, UT)
32. East Texas BBQ, LLC (Huntsville, AL)
33. Bonehead’s Texas BBQ (San Francisco, CA)
34. Huntsville Barbecue Company (Huntsville, UT)
35. Bart’s Texas Style BBQ (Traverse City, MI)
36. Roland’s Bar-B-Que Company (Hot Springs, AR)
37. Ralphies Texas Style BBQ & Ribs (Fairmont, WV)
38. Taste of Texas Bar-B-Q (Spencerport, NY)
39. Danny’s Little Taste of Texas (South Windsor, CT)
40. Taste of Texas BBQ (McCook, NE)
41. Lockhart’s BBQ (Royal Oak, MI)
42. Big John’s Texas BBQ (Flagstaff, AZ)
43. Big Star Texas Barbeque (Flagstaff, AZ)
44. Big Mouth BBQ (Great Falls, MT)
45. Bull Durham’s Texas BBQ and Steakhouse (West Chester, PA)
46. Texas Ribs and BBQ (Clinton, MD)
47. The Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ (Elm Grove, WI)
48. Elmer’s Authentic Texas BBQ (Battle Lake, MN)
49. Doc’s Texas BBQ & Burgers (Sonora, CA)
50. Dixie’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ & Rotisserie (Kings Park, NY)
51. Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill (Pattaya, Thailand)
52. Bob’s Texas BBQ (Boise, ID)
53. Hickory River Smokehouse (6 locations in OH & IL)
54. Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack (Naples, FL)
55. Roosters Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse (Nashville, TN)
56. Lee’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (Detroit, MI)
57. Texas Smokehouse Bar-B-Q (Woodinville, WA) – RIP
58. Austin BBQ (Wheaton, IL)
59. Alamo BBQ (Richmond, VA)
60. Austin’s BBQ (Mountain View, CA)
61. 4C BBQ (Ponce De Leon, FL)
62. Rotuno’s Texas Style Barbeque (Elyria, OH)
63. Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks, CA)
64. The Ranger Texas Barbecue (Manhattan)
65. 4Rivers Smokehouse (2 FL locations)
66. Podnah’s Pit Barbecue (Portland, OR)
67. Taste of Texas BBQ (Keystone, NE)
68. Bubba’s Barbecue (Jakarta, Indonesia)
69. Molly’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ (Wahiawa, HI)
70. Smokin’ J’s BBQ – Real Texas Barbeque (Gulfport, FL)
71. Texas BBQ & Steaks (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
72. Texas BBQ (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
73. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer (Las Vegas, NV) – RIP
74. Red River BBQ (Melbourne, Australia)
75. Triple A Bar (Toronto, Canada)
76. Texas Bar-B-Q (Puebla, Mexico)
77. Bubba’s Texas BBQ (Philadelphia)
78. Tex’s World Famous Bar-B-Q (Nashville, TN)
79. Gilley’s BBQ (Las Vegas)
80. Texas Pit BBQ (St. Thomas, VI)
81. Texas Best BBQ (Valley Village, CA)
82. Selma’s Texas Barbeque (Moon Township, PA)
83. Texas BBQ House (Phoenix)
84: Bludso’s BBQ (Compton, CA)
85. Wayne’s BBQ Shack (Superior, CO)
86. Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, AZ)
87. Wise Barbecue Company (Los Angeles)
88. Hickory River Smokehouse (multiple locations in OH & IL)
89. Jim’s Pit Bar-B-Q (Reddick, FL)
90. Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse (Los Angeles)
91. Smoke Ring (Rome, Italy) 
92. Texas BBQ Grill (Chehalis, WA)
93. Texas Joe’s (London, England)
94. Texas Stockyards BBQ (Lady Lake, FL)
95. Bubba’s Texas Style Bar-B-Que & Saloon (Shanghai, China)
96. Hill Country Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
97. Hill Country Barbecue (Washington, DC)
98. Double J Texas BBQ (Havelock, NC)
99. Bar-B-Q Shack (Brighton, England)
100. White Smoke – A Texas Smokehouse (Tokyo)
101. Kim’s Texas BBQ (San Diego, CA)
102. Swingin’ Door Texas BBQ (North Hollywood, CA)
103. Brick’s Barbeque (Sarasota, FL)
104. Texas Hold’em BBQ (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
105. Texas Ribs (multiple locations in Mexico)
106. The Beast (Paris, France)
107. Texas BBQ (Tel Aviv, Israel)
108. Horse Thief BBQ (Los Angeles)
109. BBQ Rush (Tucson, AZ)
110. Allison’s Texas BBQ (Mesa, AZ)
111. The Proper Pig BBQ (Cleveland, OH)
112. The Beach Pit (St. George Island, FL)
113. Rangers Texas BBQ (Sydney, Australia)
114. Taste of Texas BBQ (Waitara, Australia)
115. Marley’s Central Texas BBQ (Albuquerque, NM) 
116. Round Up Texas Smoked BBQ (Cold Spring, NY)
117. Texas Pit BBQ (Cloudcroft, NN)
118. Joe’s Texan BBQ (Currumbin, Australia)
119. The Calhoun Family’s Texas Barbeque (Murrieta, CA)
120. Rio Grande Texas Barbecue (Balgowlah, Australia) 
121. The Texan Bar-B-Q & Chili House (Algonquin, IL)

122. Bob’s Omahoma Barbeque (Wooster, OH)
123. Gary Ray’s Texas BBQ (Tucson, AZ)
124. Texas Barbecue Cafe (Stabekk, Norway)
125. Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
126. All Friends Smokehouse (Westport, MA)
127. Firehouse on the Run Famous Texas BBQ (Black Forest, CO)
128. Texas Smoke Barbecue (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
129. Jersey Shore BBQ (Belmar, NJ)
130. Smokehouse BBQ (Bali, Indonesia)
131. Andy’s BBQ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
132. Moonie’s Texas Barbecue (Flowery Branch, GA)
133. Wabba Texas BBQ (Guadalajara, Mexico)
134. Frank’s Texas BBQ (Bay Area, CA)
135. Bronco Belle Texas BBQ (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
136. City Butcher (Springfield, MO)
137. Kaiser’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (Salt Lake City, UT)
138. Jimbo’s Texas BBQ (Chantilly, VA)
139. Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill (Williamsburg, VA)
140. Howard’s Meat Co. (London)
141. Mike’s Smokehouse (Eau Claire, WI)
142. Windy City Pizza (San Mateo, CA)
143. Texas Jack’s Barbecue (Arlington, VA)
144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, CT)

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Sugared Cranberries

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Milwaukee, WI Edition: Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, so there was no way I was going home without trying some. A quick search turned up the Wisconsin Cheese Mart as being known for its selection.And they do have a ton – everything from curds and sharp cheddar to cranber… … »

Chemmen Ularthiyathu / Kerala Style Prawn Roast with Tomatoes

Chemmen Thakkali Ularthiyathu
Prawn / Shrimp Roast is a famous Syrian Christian dish which can be prepared very quickly. Prawn is cooked in their own juices along with spices, tomatoes and a small piece of kudampuli (kokum). Prawns absorb all the flavours which give a nice spicy dry dish that goes really well with a bowl of steaming rice and morucurry, Palappam or chapathi

Kerala Style Shrimp Roast with Tomatoes

Chemmen Ularthiyathu / Kerala Style Prawn Roast with Tomatoes

Cleaned Prawns / Shrimps – 250 gm

Onion – 1 medium, sliced (can replace with chumannulli / shallots)

Ginger paste – 2 tsp

Garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped

Chilly powder – ¾ to 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Pepper powder – ¾  tsp

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Kudampuli / Kokum -1 small piece, soaked in ¼ cup of water

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves, chopped – 1 tbsp (optional)

Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan, add sliced onion and fry until light golden brown. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and fry again for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and curry leaves and sauté well.
  • Add the chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pepper powder and sauté until oil separates.
  • Add kudampuli along with its soaked water, prawns and salt and sauté over medium heat until prawns are cooked and well coated with tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle the garam masala and coriander leaves over the prawns and stir well and remove from heat.
Chemmen Roast


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Vue46 by Les Amis

After the recent success with Socieaty, Les Amis group Indonesia opens another brand new concept in Jakarta, Vue46. Aptly named so, for the location on the 46th floor of one of the premium office buildings in Jakarta, and a spot that grants a uniquely Jakarta downtown view; one with an eclectic mix of skyscrapers jungle and spontaneous squatters…

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While the growth of new cafes, eateries and restaurants in Jakarta has grown exponentially in the recent years, the fine dining scene has been quite slow and (*yawns) predictable, with only a few surviving old (and tired) players. Singapore, Thailand and even Bali are noticeably thriving with all sorts of restaurants including the fine dining ones, Jakarta, as the capital city of world’s 4th most populous country, is still terribly lagging behind. The arrival of Vue46 by Les Amis, thus, is very much welcome like the first drop of rain after a long drought.
Vue46 is operated by a French dining powerhouse from Singapore, Les Amis, which opened in Singapore, 1994. The multi-award winning restaurant is the flagship restaurant brand of Les Amis Group.

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Situated atop of The Plaza, on its 46th floor, Vue46 shares the floor with a few other luxury dining venues which opened a few years earlier. Vue46 has quite an intimate setting, with a 52 persons capacity, it is considerably small to ensure that every table get the chef’s personal attention and enough to host a private function / event. Right next to Vue46, there will be another new concept by Les Amis Group too, and it will be opening soon (so stay tuned to this blog ;)).

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Interior is a clean and modern setting with warm lighting and bright tangerine leather chairs
Pastry Chef of Les Amis Singapore, Cheryl Koh lends her magical patisserie touch in the form of the artisan bread served at the beginning of the meal. My obsession for Vue46 began the moment the butter and bread basket was served at our table, along with the tray of assorted flavoured butter…
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Those artisan rolls are quite addictive!
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From left to right: seaweed butter, spicy butter and mustard butter
As a fine dining restaurant, there are only set menus for lunch and dinner services. So, here’s what the 6 course Le Menu Classic (IDR 1,280,000++/pax) would look like…
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Amuse Bouche: Special Selection of Kristal Caviar
Cold angel hair with caviar and black truffle

With a person, it’s love at first sight, but with food, it’s love at first scent and that’s exactly what happened to me and the angel hair, a signature dish of Les Amis Singapore. Served cold like Japanese soba noodles, the black truffle and seaweed tossed angel hair was beautifully rolled into a neat ‘bun’ that unraveled neatly as I ate it from one end. This dish is a perfect display of Chef Sebastien Lepinoy’s (Executive Chef of Les Amis Singapore) combination of French techniques with elements of premium Japanese produce.

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Kristal Caviar is produced from the “Acipenser Schrenki” or “Dauricus Schrenckii” Japanese sturgeon, the caviar’s is golden coloured with hints of green under the warm lighting.

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2nd Course: Organic Tomato in ‘Club Sandwich’
Mille-feuille of tomato and spanner crab with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and xeres vinegar
The ‘sandwich’ was delightfully refreshing, although it tasted quite unfamiliar in the beginning, with the juicy tomato’s unique umami flavour eventually made sense and I just had to continue to take the next bite until there’s nothing left.
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3rd Course: Seared Scallop
Teppanyaki seared scallop with teriyaki sauce
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I was watching Masterchef Junior the other day, and Gordon Ramsay was teaching the young cooks on how to de-shell a scallop. It was honestly not an easy feat, removing the parts naturally attached to the shell and then to clean the slimy parts encasing the highly prized, white and meaty, disk-like core, which is actually the adductor muscle of the clam. Scallop could actually be served raw as sashimi, that only very light cooking is necessary, especially for premium quality scallop. The Seared Scallop with teriyaki sauce, while delightful, was a little bit tougher than I’d expected. I wasn’t sure if the scallop had been working out (*scoffs!), or if it had been on the teppan a bit longer than necessary.
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4th Course: Pan Roasted Sea Bass
Sea Bass with refined & aromatic traditional ‘Américaine’ sauce
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Américaine sauce is a classic French sauce, with taste notes that reminded me of lobster bisque. The sauce complements the lightly seared meaty, sweet and buttery sea bass. For me the Kristal caviar on top was like the cherry on top of sundae; it’s unnecessary, but looks pretty and a delicious incentive to clean the plate until the last piece of caviar. And that’s the end of the savoury course…on to dessert!
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5th Course: Pears
Poached pears in star anise and bourbon vanilla with caramel cream
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6th Course: Clementine
Whole candied clementine in different textures on an earl grey jelly
Both desserts are delightfully sweet endings, and I know that both took a lot of effort to plate and a lot of thoughts must have gone into creating them. But if I had to choose either, I’d go for the Pear, simply because I’m the type who prefers sweet and rich dessert to sour and fresh dessert, so I’d choose gelato over sorbet at any given time. That being said though, I really like the crunchy and flaky surprise at the base of the Pear ‘dome’.

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Coffee or Tea & Mignardises
To complement my digestif coffee, another delectable sweet treat: the lemon scented Madeleine, fresh from the oven! The madeleine itself, is already an enjoyable treat, but I dipped it into my macchiato too for that extra kick.

I have to confess, that I am completely smitten, right from the start of the meal. Each dishes never failed to leave me expectantly craving for the next surprise. It’s quite a rare experience even after all these years blogging and dining around the region. I know that y experience is still limited and that I might not have seen much of the global culinary scene, but Vue46 is safely on my favourite list among only a few other names.
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The bustling kitchen
Executive Chef Kentaro Komoda of Vue46 by Les Amis (
Executive Chef of Vue46 by Les Amis, Kentaro Komoda
Last but not least, congratulations on the successful opening of Vue46, I seriously can’t wait for my next visit and repeat my divine encounter with the angel hair caviar already!

Le Menu Express (prix fixe 3 courses / complimentary coffee/tea and mignardises / Lunch only / Served within approx. 45 minutes) IDR 450,000++/pax
Le Menu Formule a la Carte (choice of 3 courses + 1 dessert + complimentary coffee/tea and mignardises / Lunch only) IDR 800.000++ /pax 
Le Menu Classic (prix fixe 6 courses + complimentary coffee/tea and mignardises / Lunch or Dinner) IDR 1,280,000++/pax
Le Menu Signature (prix fixe 8 courses + complimentary coffee/tea and mignardises / Lunch or Dinner) IDR 1,680,000++/pax

Open Hours:
Lunch : 12 PM – 2.30 PM (Last Order)
Dinner : 6.30 PM – 10.30 PM (Last Order)
*) Prices are subject to Tax & Service Charge
**) Reservation is highly recommended
Vue46 by Les Amis
The Plaza 46th Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
RSVP: +62 812 1212 4646 / +6221 29922246
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