Monthly Archives: December 2011

Rocky And Carlo’s, New Orleans Lousiana: Baked Mac, Wop Salads And Barq’s Rootbeer

Rocky Tommaseo severely injured himself in a fall at his restaurant; Rocky and Carlos in the eastern New Orleans suburb of Chalmette back in 2009. He later succumbed after complications arose. He was 94 years of age. The little restaurant … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: La Reyna Is The Queen Of Austin Tex Mex

  One of the great pleasures of Austin Tex Mex is the enchilada, tamale, crispy taco combo platter from La Reyna down on South First Street in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood. There’s a synergy to the flavors that causes the … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The Last Days Of Nuernberg Brauhaus In Pflugerville Texas

Rode by Nuernberg Brauhaus last night and the parking lot was PACKED. I have no idea why they are closing Saturday December 17th 2011 but it can’t be for lack of business. I’ll have more up later this week as … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Buddy’s Place On Burnet Road In Austin Texas

This little honkytonk has been one of my favorite watering holes since way back in the 90s. Once Henry’s shuttered [RIP] Buddy’s Place inherited the title of best Burnet Road drinkery.   That title don’t come easy either. What with … Continue reading

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Oh To Be Sailing Down The Golden Horn In Istanbul Turkiye

              If you ever have the slightest opportunity to visit Istanbul seize it. This is a photo of the sun going down on the Golden Horn, an estuary that bisects the city. If Turkiye … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Frontier Bar On Webberville Road In East Austin

                  The girl is crying hysterically and shouting into her cell phone. She’s got APD on the line and is kicking up a hell of a fuss. Some miscreant has rammed her … Continue reading

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Bill Hicks, Red Meat And The Simple Pleasures Of Honduran Food: An Evening At Al Sur Latin American Bistro In Austin Texas

As the headlights circle, competing for space in the darkened parking lot outside Cap City Comedy on a weekend night, one can’t help but wonder if the specter of Bill Hicks is somewhere close by, adrift on wisps of cigarette … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: John Besh Brings Luke To San Antonio

  One of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans has come to San Antonio. I love going to the original on St. Charles Avenue in the Crescent City. An afternoon spent eating oysters on the half shell, drinking Abita Restoration … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Top Chef Texas Star Paul Qui Is The East Side King Of Austin

Unbelievable the level of cuisine coming out of the East Side King food truck parked on the blacktop in front of the Grackle over on e.6th st. Lately it’s becoming something of a ritual to eat there late night to … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Is BBQ Jesus Aaron Franklin?

  Who is the mysterious BBQ Jesus? Austin, Texas’ barbecue world is buzzing right now with the newest entry into the world of Twitter. Could Aaron Franklin have gone rogue? Why is Mike Sutter of Fedmanwalking so strangely silent on … Continue reading

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Letter From an Istanbul Kitchen Part Ten: Gaziantep’Li Baklavaci Bilgeoglu

Traipsing through Moda on the Asian side of Istanbul I was searching for a Mexican. Back in Texas I’d heard that an hombre had moved over to these parts, settled down with a Turkish gal and went ahead and opened … Continue reading

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Prohibition Ends! Celebrate Repeal Day, December 5th In Austin Texas In High Style

The great shame of a great state; you can’t choose who your sons and daughters may be. Perhaps this is why few people are aware of the fact that Carrie Nation was born in Kentucky. It’s not something of which … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Burwell “Tuff” Knebel

  Legendary Central Texas barman Burwell “Tuff’ Knebel hard at work at the bar that bore his name in Pflugerville Texas. There will never be another like him.

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Letter From an Istanbul Kitchen Part Nine: Durumzade. Open All Night In Beyoglu

After many, many hard nights of drinking and dancing at Araf Cafe in Istanbul’s Beyoglu neighborhood I had to have sustenance to sustain me inspite of the fact I was walking back to my hotel with little else to do … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The White Swan: Old School East Austin Beer Joint

One of East Austin’s historic, drinking establishments The White Swan was formerly a quiet little bar that catered to older Black folks and blue collar workers through the week transforming itself into a slightly more raucous young folks club on … Continue reading

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We’re Number 4! Travel And Leisure Puts Austin Fourth In National Scale Of Which Towns “Fly Freak Flag Highest”

In an unsurprising move New Orleans finished in the number one spot in Travel and Leisure’s oddball city poll. Now that’s a genuinely strange town. Not as a result of a clever marketing campaign but as a genuine expression of … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The Goat Kings Are Crowned. Congratulations Team Six Pack

Team Six Pack walked away with the Grand Champion trophy at the Brady Goat Cook Off this year; 2011. I sampled almost 40 entries in my capacity as a judge as well as as a casual attendee strolling around among … Continue reading

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Mickey’s Thirsty I: Best Dominoes Players In Austin

Opened in 1934, Mickey’s was established as a sort of northern outpost for Austin’s drinking set. President Franklin’s New Deal was freshly struck, Prohibition had ended the year before and Americans were out to shake off the yoke of  oppressors … Continue reading

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