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[2 May 2009 | No Comment | 1,314 views]
Lemonade Stand Time

The summer weather is upon us in Austin and I just learned that tomorrow is Lemonade Day. Kids sign up with a parent and some friends to host a lemonade stand around town and are provided with a guide. The goal is to teach kids about entrepreneurship and managing money and they are encouraged to open a bank account and donate some of the profits at the end of the day.
There are prizes awarded for tastiest lemonade and best stand. I’m hoping that it doesn’t rain tomorrow and plan to …

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[29 Apr 2009 | 19 Comments | 2,544 views]
The Sixth Dimension of Taste

Two nights ago I drank vinegar like it was soda, sucked lemons like lollipops, and gnawed on raw rhubarb. I voluntarily drank plain hot sauce and couldn’t get enough of normally bitter blackberries. Was this a dream? Have my taste buds gone dormant? Was I on drugs?

No. What I was on is referred to by many as a food trip, a journey made possible by a small, red, berry called Miracle Fruit, or Synsepalum dulcificum.
Thanks to a donation of 20 frozen Miracle Fruit berries from a company called Miracle Fruit …

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[20 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | 2,353 views]
I Scream, We Scream, Y’all Scream for Ice Cream

If you love ice cream cones as much as I do, you will be very happy at least twice in the next two weeks. Why? Because Ben & Jerry’s and Baskin Robbins are providing FREE and as good as free ice cream cones.
I’m not afraid to say that my favorite ice cream is Baskin Robbins — probably because we would go there every week during the summer months in Maryland and my mom and I would always get mint chocolate chip or pralines in cream. While I enjoy the big …

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[16 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 1,277 views]
Austin Filled with Wine, Food, and Art

I don’t recommend leaving the city of Austin in March or April. In my opinion, these are the best months to be here — both for the wonderful weather and the fabulous and fun events. I’m heading off to D.C. and NYC for ten days and am very sad to miss two events that are sure to feed the soul.
The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival will keep your wine glass and your belly full this Sunday in Driftwood. Tickets are $45 ($30 for designated drivers) and I’ve heard …

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[6 Apr 2009 | One Comment | 1,612 views]
Can a Book Taste Like Texas BBQ?

In the case of Wyatt McSpadden‘s Texas BBQ, the answer is yes. This gorgeous coffee table book showcases work by one of the best photographers in the state documenting the steaming, dripping, juicy foodways of Central Texas.
The book itself is a piece of history and is filled with photos from McSpadden’s twenty years documenting barbecue around Austin. For me, it was like a walk down memory lane as I’ve enjoyed many of the same spots for authentic barbecue, prepared by pit masters that have been smoking meat for decades.
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