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[7 Nov 2011 | One Comment | 1,793 views]
Montesino Farm Tour and Barn Dance

I’ve always wanted to visit Montesino Farm in Wimberley, and this weekend had three great reasons to make the hour trek. One: You can rent it for events. Two: Slow Food Austin was hosting a tour of the farm. Three: There was a barn dance.
These are really nice farm apartments (with full kitchen) that you can rent for the weekend.
I was hanging out in their outdoor kitchen/bar area when the Montesino herd of Miniature Herefords came by for a snack. They looked huge to me. I later learned that while …

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[23 Oct 2011 | 8 Comments | 2,266 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 | 1,822 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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[27 Aug 2011 | 5 Comments | 3,921 views]
Mike Sutter Unmasked

When I heard the news that Austin American-Statesman food critic Mike Sutter was taking a buyout and retiring from the paper, I felt a pang of sadness.
Everyone had their own opinion of his reviews, but to me, they were smart, funny, and always well-researched. I knew that if I read a review by Mike, that it would mean he had visited the restaurant at least three times, taken pains to ensure he wasn’t recognized, and did his best to give the restaurant staff the respect and care they deserved.
He understood …

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[2 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | 2,590 views]
Jonathan Bloom on our American Wasteland

Today I had lunch at Lamberts with Jonathan Bloom, my favorite kind of Austin visitor. In town for the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference (IACP) Conference, he’s a food nerd and isn’t squeamish about sharing with someone he’s never met before.
Jonathan is the brother of a former colleague of mine, blogger at Wasted Food, and author of the book American Wasteland. According to his blog, he “writes about why we waste food, why it matters and what we can do about it.”
Bloom will be participating in the IACP Culinary Book …

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