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[30 Oct 2011 | 5 Comments | 1,055 views]
PhoNatic: First Impression

Last week, I had another surprising and delicious meal in a strip mall. Ilyse and I met Jessica at PhoNatic in the Northcross Shopping Center on West Anderson.
Jessica had seen the new spot while driving by, and wanted to try it since her current favorite spot for Vietnamese, Hai Ky, doesn’t have a location that’s on the way home from work.

I was impressed with the self-serve bar that offered all of the traditional Vietnamese fixins.

And everything we ordered was inexpensive, huge, delicious, and made with what tasted like high quality …

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[26 Oct 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,459 views]
Proposed MAPLE Act to Send Fakes Down the Drain

My fellow Maple Syrup fans (and those who love us), today is a great day! It may forever go down in history as the day that saved REAL maple syrup.

As loyal readers know, I am extremely passionate about maple syrup. Having been born in Canada, my parents would take me to sugar shacks every spring, and we would visit pancake houses where the maple syrup flowed freely.
Today, six senators from New York, Maine, and Vermont, led by chief sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), introduced the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law …

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Tasty Tuesdays »

[25 Oct 2011 | 27 Comments | 1,408 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Austin Restaurant in a Strip Mall

I love a good restaurant in a strip mall. The sleeper restaurant. You know, the one someone told you to go to and when you’re there, you start to feel like you discovered it?
My friend and fellow food blogger Michelle of Foodie is the New Forty loves Al Sur: “What it lacks in showiness it makes up for in heart….The crowning glory, the crepas de cajeta. Fantastic crepes with just the right amount of egg-y flavor, adorned with creamy cajeta, pecans, and vanilla ice cream. Heaven.”
Two of my favorite …

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Memories, Profiles, Tours, Travels »

[23 Oct 2011 | 8 Comments | 1,120 views]
Insider’s Tour of French Cheese Culture

I wrote two blog posts for Whole Food’s Whole Story blog — one on a vineyard tour and tasting, and this one, on our extensive cheese tour in Paris. Click here or the image below to check it out.

Special thanks to Antoine Marsot of Interval Export for planning a wonderful day for us. We are also so grateful to Sebastien, the manager of one of the Paris locations of Beillevaire, for opening the store for us during his lunch break and gracefully letting us taste anything in the store.
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[22 Oct 2011 | 13 Comments | 922 views]
M. Chapoutier Vineyard Tour and Tasting

I wrote a guest blog post about the tour of M. Chapoutier wine tour that the kind folks at Whole Foods organized for us during our foodie fantasy trip. Click here or the image below to check it out. We also took pictures of ourselves all over Europe with a Whole Foods paper bag and I included a less than one minute video of the bags’ adventures.

Whole Foods also organized an amazing cheese tour in Paris. Check back to tomorrow for that post!
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