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[19 Jun 2011 | 10 Comments | 2,258 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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[13 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | 4,193 views]
Arancini Italian Comfort Food Trailer

Last weekend, Adam and I decided to visit Arancini, an Italian comfort food trailer on S. 1st and Live Oak. Arancini shares space with Fried Green Tomato, another trailer serving the eponymous menu item, sandwiches, and a refreshing gazpacho and crab ceviche that they brought over for us to taste.

While we waited for our food, Adam poured wine into our glasses (all BYO), and caught up on his Twitter reading. I caught a shot of him “in the wild” on Arancini’s patio.

Arancini are fried rice balls filled with cheese, peas, …

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[12 Jun 2011 | 19 Comments | 2,753 views]
An Evening of Food Trailer and Bar Hopping

My friend Jan was in town last month for a wedding and of course, she wanted to check out the food truck scene. I had recently tired of food trucks because to be totally honest, most of them are nothing special. However, I did have a handful that I wanted to try, and we decided to have dinner at Love Balls.
Love Balls is located in the lower part of the East Side Drive In, next to Progress Coffee.

They serve takoyaki, a Japanese street food that is classically fried pancake balls …

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[2 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | 2,806 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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[19 May 2011 | 9 Comments | 3,396 views]
A Taste of Austin’s Noble Pig

Last night, I had the pleasure of being invited to a tasting at the Noble Pig. Visiting the Noble Pig has been high on my list to visit since it opened last fall. But as my friends can tell you, I rarely venture outside of the twenty minute driving radius from my house. Since Noble Pig is about thirty minutes from home, it just didn’t happen until last night’s food blogger event.
And let me tell you, Noble Pig is totally worth the trek!

Owner/Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez started us …

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[16 May 2011 | 17 Comments | 3,534 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 | 5,517 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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