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[23 Aug 2013 | 12 Comments | 16,352 views]
Are you Ready for Austin’s Cronut Craze?

I kept hearing about a cronut™ craze going on in New York last spring — with people lining up over two hours before Dominique Ansel’s bakery opened for the chance to try one. Each cronut is $5 with a limit of two per person, and cronut scalpers were waiting in line and then selling their cronuts for up to $100 each. New Yorkers are fuckin’ crazy….
Wait a minute — Austinites are also known to wait in line for their favorite food. I actually drove past Franklin Barbecue at 9 a.m. this morning and …

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[11 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 5,591 views]
Making Baharat Spice Mix

I’ve been making a lot of recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks lately. Ottolenghi is Jewish and was born in Jerusalem; his business partner Sami Tamimi is Muslim and was also born there. Their restaurants are in London, where they have each lived for decades.
This recipe for Baharat spice mix is in their “Jerusalem” cookbook, and is called for in a recipe for stuffed peppers that we are making tomorrow night.
The recipe calls for whole dried spices, and we purchased them in Central Market’s bulk section for a few bucks. I …

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Restaurants »

[10 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 4,134 views]
Olamaie Pop-Up

Earlier this week, Adam and I reserved two seats for an Olamaie (pron. “Ola-may”) pop-up dinner, held at Lenoir. According to their website, Olamaie is a modern Southern food restaurant set to open in Austin in early winter 2013. Olamaie will be located at 1610 San Antonio Street, in the old Sagra location.
They are building buzz for the new venture, as well as working out the kinks, with a series of pop-up dinners in August, September and October. The final pop-up dinner this week is tonight, but you can still reserve seats …

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