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[24 Dec 2009 | 12 Comments | 1,409 views]
Umami: 2009 Food Word of the Year

American children are taught to recognize four main basic taste categories: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. In the Southwest, there is of course a fifth taste — spicy. However, more and more American foodies and chefs are starting to call out another basic taste called Umami.
According to Umamiinfo.com, umami is a pleasant savory taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. As the taste of umami itself is subtle and …

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[22 Dec 2009 | 8 Comments | 2,040 views]
Cheese. Beer. Repeat.

This Saturday, I was one of about 50 lucky people who attended a beer and cheese class taught by Amy Cartwright, co-owner of Independence Brewing Co., and John and Kendall Antonelli, owners of the soon-to-be-open Antonelli’s Cheese shop in Hyde Park.
Full disclosure, I helped plan the event along with Amy and John but since I paid for my own ticket and all, I’m allowed to blog about it, right?!
Below is a photo that Adam took of the setup — five large picnic tables seated ten people at each. It was …

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[20 Dec 2009 | 13 Comments | 2,851 views]
Smarties, My Ancestral Candy

Dear Emily G.,
I can’t tell you how much fun it was to get your fanciful care package from your trip to Canada. I knew what it contained (since I asked you to send it) but the way you decorated the envelop was so endearing:

I can’t remember the last time (if ever) I’ve taken a picture of a mailer but this one was so cute.

Inside the lovingly prepared exterior was a consumer product near and dear to my heart — Smarties. Not the chalky kind wrapped in clear plastic that we …

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[14 Dec 2009 | 47 Comments | 2,792 views]
The Bubbe Chronicles Vol. 1: Eating with Bubbe

Adam’s Bubbe, Bessie Holzband, is ninety eight and a half years old. We love to spend time with her when we visit Houston for holidays like Passover and most recently, Thanksgiving.
I’ve known Bubbe for less than a year but she introduces me as one of her grandchildren to the staff and residents in her retirement community. It’s very sweet. I call her Bubbe which isn’t a conflict of interest for me because: a) all of my grandparents have passed away and b) my grandmothers were known as “Mama” and “Nagymama” …

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,999 views]
Cheese and Beer Class – Sat., Dec. 19

I hope you can join us this Saturday, Dec. 19 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for a special cheese and beer class, tasting, and brewery tour at Independence Brewing Company in Austin.

We’ll enjoy samples and learn about four different local brews and four cheeses carefully selected to pair with these beers. Cheese will be served with slices of Bona Dea bread. There will be time for additional beer sampling and brewery tours after the class.
Cost: $17
For planning purposes, all tickets must be ordered by Wed., Dec. 16: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/92159.
NOTE: No …

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