Monthly Archives: June 2012

Food And Wine Compiles List Of America’s Best Barbecue Cities

Jamie Feldmar of Food and Wine magazine was tasked with creating a list of America’s best barbecue cities. As is the case in all of these lists compiled by people who aren’t lifers {barbecue addicts who’ve given their lives to … Continue reading

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Iliana de la Vega’s Oaxacan Kitchen: El Naranjo Is Reborn On Rainey Street

One of the most viewed articles I’ve ever penned for this site was a review of Iliana de la Vega’s entry into  Austin’s Mexican food scene with her Oaxacan cuisine  trailer; El Naranjo Mobile. {http://chowpapi.com/el-naranjo-mobile-iliana-de-la-vegas-oaxacan-kitchen/} The chef  arrived amid a … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: Davila’s Barbecue Of Seguin Texas Enters The Food Truck Business

Adrian Davila, son of family patriarch Edward, is entering the food truck business. The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom in south Texas is going to be his focus…for now. From the Seguin Gazette “The oil field lent itself to opportunity … Continue reading

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Operation Muerte Negra’s Heroin Bust Can’t Keep Jovita’s Closed. Amado “Mayo” Pardo’s Family Hopes To Reopen

Interesting developments in the south Austin heroin bust saga that we’ve been detailing for almost a week now. Amado “Mayo” Pardo, patriarch of Jovita’s Cantina and thrice convicted murderer, sits behind bars accused of being an Austin heroin kingpin. Last … Continue reading

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Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat by RL Reeves Jr

You can’t walk twenty feet in Istanbul without being presented with a glorious picture taking opportunity. If you enjoy urban hiking, eating street food and shooting endless photos, then Istanbul has no peer among the world’s cities. We’re down to … Continue reading

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Texas Barbecue Photos: John Mueller. Pit Boss. Texan

It doesn’t get any more Texas than this. Legendary pit boss John Mueller, framed by the flag of the great state. Mueller had just come off twelve hours of smoking an entire steer when I took this photo. The beast … Continue reading

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Rocky And Carlos Reopens After The Fire: Wop Salads And Baked Mac Are At The Ready

I had bad timing on my most recent visit to New Orleans. Rocky and Carlos, est. 1965, had just reopened from the fire that badly damaged the restaurant in February of this year, but I attempted to eat there on … Continue reading

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Dateline Austin,Texas:Operation Muerte Negra Takes Down Heroin Ring Being Run Out Of Jovita’s Cantina

Austin, Texas’ Mexican restaurant community is in shock right now. Jovita’s Cantina, after a 2 decade run, is at the center of a firestorm of media as their patriarch; Amado “Mayo” Pardo, was arrested along with 17 others on heroin … Continue reading

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Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat

Hamsi is the most fabled of all the fishes sold in restaurants in Istanbul. The diminutive anchovy can be bought at cafes ranging from the high end { Four Seasons} to the most downmarket you can imagine: fishermen selling them … Continue reading

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Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat

Mapping out my first voyage to Istanbul I quickly vectored in on Sultanahmet as the best place to stay for week 1 of a two week stay. Admittedly, this is not where you’re going to have the best options as … Continue reading

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Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat

As the release of my guide {Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat} on where to eat in Istanbul, prepares to come to fruition, I’m going to be posting photos  taken during my research visits. This is the first restaurant I … Continue reading

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Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat

The book that’s been a project for 3 years is set to come out. I’m going to start putting up lots of pictures from my research trips to Istanbul in celebration of finally, finally finishing this work. The first photo … Continue reading

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Pies And Pigs Benefit For Colleen Sommers At Springdale Farms In Austin, Texas

Looking for a report on the affair. I could not attend so I would love to hear from someone who made it to the benefit.   http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/6/11/Salt-And-Time-Steps-Into-The-Ring-With-Three-Little-PigsSpringdale-Farms-Hosts-Hog-Showdown-Benefit   All the details on the event are up on the Chronicle’s website … Continue reading

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Bring Me The Head Of Jim Amoss. Times-Picayune Editor Is Now Laughing Stock Of New Orleans

By now we’re all aware that New Orleans daily paper, The Times-Picayune, is going to a three day a week schedule sometime this Fall. The narrative of rebirth and rejuvenation that America’s greatest city has enjoyed post-Katrina has ended. New … Continue reading

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Little Rock Arkansas’ Oxford American Magazine Receives $290,000 Grant From ArtPlace

Big news coming out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Oxford American, the bible of Deep South culture, just received a mammoth grant from ArtPlace. They’re spending it wisely by opening a restaurant that will focus on southern cuisine, but they’re not … Continue reading

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Kathryn Weatherup’s New East Austin Bar Is Dead Serious About Your Cocktails And The Ice That Keeps Them Cold

Expertly mixed cocktails are now available in the Cesar Chavez barrio of East Austin. It’s not been  many years since that sentence would’ve rung out across Austin as an absurdity. Not anymore. We’ve been looking forward to Kathryn Weatherup’s entry … Continue reading

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Dangerous Mind’s Richard Metzger Has A Map Of Austin You Need To Look At

I’m all over http://www.dangerousminds.net/  on a daily basis. It’s a vast repository of coolness that sucks you in and leaves you with little recourse other than complete slavery. It is addictive.  In today’s edition, the team over that way has an … Continue reading

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