Monthly Archives: July 2010

The State of Carnitas in Austin Texas. Part 6: La Flor

When John T. Edge came out to Austin a few months ago he must’ve really had his nose to the ground as he miraculously found La Flor. It’s one of our better taco carts and decidedly under the radar tucked … Continue reading

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Letter From an Istanbul Kitchen Part 6: Orhan’s Sucuk Stand. 25 Years of Sausage

On a cold Winters night in Istanbul, Zubeyir, the Kurdish meat house, is sold out and my dreams of lamb ribs are evaporating into the nether. So it goes on a busy Friday night in the Beyoglu. My mind awhirl … Continue reading

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Letter From an Istanbul Kitchen Part 5: Adem Baba. Fish Masters of Arnavutkoy

Like Galatoires in New Orleans Louisiana, Adem Baba puts a piece of fish on a plate and says “there’s your fish now eat it”. The restraint is admirable, the fish impeccable and the service beautifully understated. The proximity of a … Continue reading

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Letter From An Istanbul Kitchen Part 4: Abracadabra Runs Out of Tricks

Abracadabra is the most anticipated restaurant on my Istanbul trip. I’ve read the accounts of Dilara Erbay’s wizardry in the kitchen and I’m foaming at the mouth to get at her food. But the part where the rubber meets the … Continue reading

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Best Kolache in the State of Texas: Weikel’s Bakery in LaGrange

Rarely does the discrepancy between the exterior promise of a joint, and the interior-payoff differ so greatly as Weikel’s down in La Grange, Texas. I wonder how many travelers have blithely driven past the just-like-a-million-others Shell station on the side … Continue reading

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The State of Carnitas in Austin Texas. Part 5: La Mexicana

Day 5: La Mexicana has been a 24/7 food source in South Austin for over a decade. Long enough for it to have had a heyday which is now sadly passed. Walking through the electric sliding front door a Mexican … Continue reading

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The State of Carnitas in Austin Texas. Part 4: La Monita

Day 4: A strutting cock is scratching at the hot blacktop as I park my Econoline and make my way inside La Monita; Austin’s premiere carneceria [meat house]. A giant dozing Mexican man is aslumber, doubtlessly narcotized from a full … Continue reading

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The State of Carnitas In Austin Texas: Part 3. Angie’s Mexican Restaurant

Day 3: Ask the neophytes of Austin’s eating community where they go to get carnitas and the typical response will be Angie’s. Angie’s Mexican Restaurant has been plying the taco trade for 18 plus years in Austin, starting in a … Continue reading

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The State of Carnitas In Austin Texas: Part 2. La Michoacana Meat Market

Day 2: “Fix that face before I smack it off of you” are the first words I hear on day 2 of my taco journey. A Mexican mom has about had it with her progeny and has taken to issuing … Continue reading

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The State of Carnitas In Austin Texas: Part I. Fiesta Mart

Day One: Fiesta Mart is pure sensory overload on the weekends. Thousands of people converge on the store and begin jockeying for position in the miles of aisles. I’m good at getting in and getting out but often times I’m … Continue reading

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Salt and Time Charcuterie: New Kids on Austin Meat Block

In the 65 year old Victory Grill,  Austin’s newest entry in the charcuterie niche: Salt and Time, put on quite the display on a gorgeous June evening in East Austin. I never send a plate of food back to the … Continue reading

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