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[22 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 776 views]
House Park Bar-B-Q Offers a Taste of Old Austin

You know House Park Bar-B-Q? It’s the shack next to Shoal Creek located on 12th near Lamar. You might recognize the famous sign, “Need No Teef to Eat My Beef” and wondered like I did about the history of the place and if the meat is really that tender.

I stopped by for an early lunch yesterday after a meeting in the area and was one of the first patrons of the day. House Park is open for lunch only on weekdays (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). I love a place …

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Tasty Bits »

[21 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | 746 views]

Thanks to Addie Broyles for sharing links to two great blog items.
One is gorgeous taco photography from Taco Deli, one of the best places to get a delicious gringofied taco lunch in Austin. While perusing the blog, called Taco Town, I saw that Food Touring is linked on their sidebar under the heading “Food Porn.” I’m not sure what that means but I’m certain I like it!
My competition is getting younger and younger this week. A mom blogger that Addie follows posted a sweet and funny “review” of her toddler …

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[21 Nov 2008 | 5 Comments | 1,649 views]
Mandola’s is to Italian as…

Like most people, I enjoy reading reviews on sites like Yelp after visiting a restaurant from people who had similar experiences and opinions. In the case of Yelp’s 93 reviewers of Mandola’s at the Triangle, that was a small minority. I’ve been to Mandola’s 3 times and tried pizza, pasta, a sandwich, and gelato. I’ve included excerpts of some of the comments I read that I think are spot on:

Another one of those fake italian restaurants- maybe its a theme park ride version of an italian market. Although it’s a …

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Recipes »

[20 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,184 views]
Office Thanksgiving Potluck

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving at work with our annual potluck lunch. I ended up making a recipe suggested by one of my food blogger friends. She told me that the recipe was from Ellie Krieger who in my ignorance I figured was her great aunt or something. Turns out she is an author and cooking show host. Initially I was going to make this wonderful Brussels sprouts with walnut vinaigrette recipe that Marcia made one year for Thanksgiving back in my high school days. I decided to try something new …

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Media »

[18 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | 791 views]

Growing up in the suburbs, I was always keenly aware of “city kids” who were so much more sophisticated, had way more life experience than I did. I am now 30 and the city kid featured in this New York Times article is 12. He’s a better restaurant reviewer than me. He owns a cable-knit sweater vest. And to top it all off, he gets free desserts just for showing up. Humph. Click on the photo below for the complete disturbing/adorable story:

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