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[5 Jul 2011 | 34 Comments | 5,114 views]
A Tasty Guide to Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2011

This year’s Austin Chronicle‘s “Best of Austin 2011″ poll was published in last week’s issue of the weekly and if you plan to vote, entries are due in less than two weeks — on Monday, July 18.
Rules include one vote per person, no ballot stuffing, and only one ballot per envelope. Ha! I love that they give folks an option to MAIL in their vote. How cute and old-fashioned is Ye Olde Chronicle! Anyway, I’m sure if they ever stopped offering the option of mail-in ballots they would get dozens, …

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[19 Jun 2011 | 10 Comments | 2,913 views]
Get Excited: Surprise Ice Cream Social!

With summer officially a couple days away, those of us in Austin have been battling triple digit heat for weeks already. And while it gets hot in other places during the summer, in Austin, we’ll see over 100 degree days well into September. Add to that our current drought conditions, and we’re a bunch of hibernating grumps down here.
Having recently battled strep throat, thereby spending even more time huddled inside, I’m feeling in need of a pick-me-up, and I know you do too. Also, I want to thank you for …

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[2 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | 3,573 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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Memories, Recipes, Tasty Bits, Travels »

[16 May 2011 | 17 Comments | 4,363 views]
Ebelskivers: The Next Big Food Trend?

A couple months ago, I had never heard of an ebelskiver; since then, I’ve watched them being made, eaten them, and borrowed a cookbook devoted to these round, tiny, filled treats. AEbleskivers, as they are spelled in Denmark, have really made their mark in the U.S. thanks to stores like Williams-Sonoma, that sell the pans needed to make these little guys.
Adam’s Uncle David introduced us to ebelskivers, on our visit to Santa Fe back in early March. David made us both sweet and savory ebelskivers for brunch, but the ones …

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[26 Apr 2011 | 10 Comments | 6,527 views]
Austin’s Franklin Barbecue Stars in Latest Hitler Parody

Just four days ago, a fellow Jewish Austinite, Jason Goldberg, posted a clip from a German movie, showing Hitler having a meltdown in front of his troops. While this is clearly a scene from a movie about Hitler’s downfall in WWII, Goldberg’s version adds English subtitles — making it seem that Hitler’s despair and rage are due to his obsession with Franklin Barbecue, an Austin BBQ joint  as famous for their delicious brisket as they are for its scarcity.
Anyone who has been to Franklin in the past year has a story of waiting in …

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