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Alton Brown agrees with us about the best breakfast taco in Austin (or anywhere)

This is Maritza Vazquez’ food trailer called Veracruz All-Natural Tacos located in east Austin at 1704 E.


An easy weekend baking project that will pay off next week

An easy weekend baking project that will pay off next week

Looking for a healthy treat to bake for an upcoming picnic, potluck or end-of-school party? With oats, apple and dates that are rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber, these date and apple squares from “Have Your Cake and Eat It” author Mich Turner are way better for you than a buttercream-frosted cupcake.
Mushroom, spinach quesadillas a quick spring treat

Mushroom, spinach quesadillas a quick spring treat

Mushrooms, spinach and cheese fill tortillas for this quick vegetarian dinner. Sliced mushrooms, shredded cheese and washed spinach are supermarket staples that make food preparation for this dinner a breeze. The mushrooms and spinach are cooked in a microwave oven so only one skillet is needed to complete the meal. Frozen corn and canned black beans create a colorful and simple side dish. &mdash...
Culinary SOS: A vibrant palette for that citrus palate

Culinary SOS: A vibrant palette for that citrus palate

With the weather warming and spring in full bloom, citrus season is coming to a close. Still, you might find some of the best fruit in the market stands now. “As the season evolves and begins to end, the citrus is just sweeter and juicier,” says Mercedes Rojas, chef de cuisine at Lucques restaurant in Los Angeles. Every year, the restaurant features a citrus salad on the menu, pulling...
Ways to let fresh asparagus shine 

Ways to let fresh asparagus shine 

How much new information can I offer about asparagus, a vegetable with which I am somewhat obsessed? Or what can I find to say that hasn’t been said before, or that bears repeating? Shall I tap into my own collection of asparagus nostalgia? Should I remind people how good asparagus is for health and well-being? I’ll never forget the happy day someone showed me the patch of wild green asparagus...
Memoir with terroir leaves a flinty aftertaste

Memoir with terroir leaves a flinty aftertaste

The wine world is abuzz over a new book, "Cork Dork," by Bianca Bosker, that is both an exposé and a love affair with wine. It's a memoir of how Bosker quit her job as an editor for the Huffington Post and immersed herself for a year and a half in the world of wine obsession, eventually achieving the certified sommelier rank in the Court of Master Sommeliers. I have mixed feelings...
5 wines for drinking dreamy, delicious and delightful

5 wines for drinking dreamy, delicious and delightful

This week's wines include a lovely pinot noir from one of my favorite producers, plus refreshing whites and a rosé to get us thinking about escaping to the shores of the Mediterranean. 3 stars Willamette Valley, Oregon, $30 Anyone who thought Adam Lee was selling out when Jackson Family Wines bought his Siduri winery in early 2015 should taste this pinot noir from his first post-sale vintage...

Today’s Special: Roesti by any other name is still a tasty potato dish

Don’t let the fancy name fool you, roesti (ROOSH-tee or RAW-stee) potatoes are simply hash browns or latkes by another name. The Swiss consider it their national dish, but it is no surprise that it has become popular all over the world. This simple combination of potatoes, butter and salt can be absolutely extraordinary — crisp on the outside with a soft, melting interior. Because they...
Three ways to make fresh asparagus

Three ways to make fresh asparagus

Total time: 30 minutes Yield: 4 servings 3 tablespoons finely chopped green garlic 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling Salt and pepper 1 pound pencil-thin asparagus, tough ends snapped off 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 4 ounces crumbled feta Handful of olives Crushed red pepper,...
10 things to know about the new 365 by Whole Foods

10 things to know about the new 365 by Whole Foods

The grocery world has been abuzz about 365 by Whole Foods Market, the new retail concept from the Austin-based grocery, but it wasn’t until this week that Central Texas got its first location of this new chain-within-a-chain.
Ask the Test Kitchen: Do you peel bananas before freezing?

Ask the Test Kitchen: Do you peel bananas before freezing?

A: If there is one cool thing about bananas, it’s that they freeze wonderfully. And they keep just fine in the freezer for about three months. Freezing is a way to preserve bananas that have reached their ripeness peak or are close to overripe. Rather than tossing them because you can’t eat them out of hand, freeze them to use in making quick breads, muffins and smoothies. You can freeze...
Everything’s up to date (for 1958, that is)

Everything’s up to date (for 1958, that is)

Forget the famous power lunch. For the time being, forget about any lunch at all in the rooms that used to house the Four Seasons. When the Grill, the first of two new restaurants in the Seagram Building space, opens to the public next week, it will serve only dinner. Jeff Zalaznick, a partner in Major Food Group, which now runs the restaurant complex, said the group wants the restaurant to make its...
The single most important ingredient

The single most important ingredient

This article is excerpted from “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat (Simon & Schuster, 2017).; (ART ADV: With photos XNYT43-46.) Growing up, I thought salt belonged in a shaker at the table, and nowhere else. I never added it to food, or saw Maman add it. When my aunt Ziba sprinkled it onto her saffron rice at the table each night, my brothers...
The little vegan honey company that could now gives back - to bees

The little vegan honey company that could now gives back - to bees

Katie Sanchez never meant to invent a vegan-friendly sweetener that's remarkably akin to honey, or begin a campaign to save honeybees. She just wanted to make apple jelly. It was the fall of 1999. The exhausted young mother of a special-needs baby, Sanchez was excited when her husband showed up at home one day with a bushel of apples and a trusted babysitter so that she could spend a little time just...
Let’s eat: Chocolate, Salt and Pepper Sables

Let’s eat: Chocolate, Salt and Pepper Sables

These peppery French butter cookies are a grown-up’s version of a milk chocolate bunny. Sandy in texture, with the flavor of chocolate shortbread, they melt in your mouth, with a salty finish that’s a terrific contrast to the sable’s sweetness. You definitely won’t want to share. I suggest doubling or even tripling the recipe to keep the peace. To keep the cookies nice and...
How to make a sushi bowl

How to make a sushi bowl

Deconstruction once ruled academia. The literary theory insisted that the text (pre-texting) be taken apart, like some Lego castle, and left in pieces on the classroom floor. The game kept professor and student busy for years. Now new fads roam campus, and deconstruction has moved on to the menu. The enchilada, for instance, no longer dresses for dinner, wrapped and sauced and plated. Now beans and...
The rustic French dessert that one-ups a pancake - and it's healthful

The rustic French dessert that one-ups a pancake - and it's healthful

Like some French-country dishes, a clafoutis (klah-foo-TEE) sounds like something fancy and complicated, but it's actually homey and easy to make. The fruit-laden dessert pancake is elegant in its simplicity - glorious, golden brown and sugar dusted. And nearly all it entails is making a basic pancake batter, pouring it into a pie dish, adding the fruit and baking it. The accompanying recipe is a...
John Mueller returning (again) to cook barbecue in Central Texas

John Mueller returning (again) to cook barbecue in Central Texas

Like a phoenix rising from the post-oak ashes, John Mueller has another rebirth in store. The longtime Texas barbecue boss and grandson of Taylor barbecue scion Louie Mueller will soon be cooking again, this time at the Black Box Barbecue trailer in historic Georgetown. Owners Gary Brown and Justin Bohls will soft open the trailer at 201 E. Ninth St. this weekend during the town’s Red Poppy...
Flying Man Brewing, from two glider pilots, set to soar this summer

Flying Man Brewing, from two glider pilots, set to soar this summer

The two co-founders behind an upcoming Pflugerville brewery seemed to have an easy start to their project. They purchased the building that formerly housed Rogness Brewing, as well as all of the brewing equipment left behind, in August. Because of that, they expected Flying Man Brewing would be open in no time. But now they are anticipating a summertime debut of the brewery and taproom, with an Indiegogo...
Qui returns to his roots with Kuneho

Qui returns to his roots with Kuneho

A wafer of toast tilted like an oversized painter’s beret atop supple bubble-gum-colored salmon cooked sous vide to a buttery finish ($6). A dollop of creme fraiche held baubles of smoked salmon roe and a teeny slice of pickled radish in place. Notes of salt and sea. The pop of roe, the crunch of toast, the slow melting of the fish as you take it in. Complex yet simple. This is what chef Paul...
JuiceLand now open in Georgetown

JuiceLand now open in Georgetown

JuiceLand features an array of tasty vegan options in addition to its dozens of fresh-fruit smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
Mediterranean diet is healthy. But is it Mediterranean?

Mediterranean diet is healthy. But is it Mediterranean?

There is the Mediterranean Diet. And then there is the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is said to be one of the most healthful in the world. It emphasizes fruit and vegetables while minimizing red meat. It features plenty of fish, along with poultry. It uses oil instead of butter, and herbs and spices instead of salt. It encourages exercise, along with long meals with family and friends...
One-pot meals pack a lot of flavor in a single dish

One-pot meals pack a lot of flavor in a single dish

“Bowls!” is the title that shouted at me one morning when I got to work, where cookbooks seem to magically appear at my desk overnight. The new book by Molly Watson perfectly explains why one-pot dishes and meals have become all the rage. They’ve got everything in a meal in one place. Somehow, throwing together a mish-mash of flavorful ingredients in one bowl seems to be the ultimate...

Tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution's headquarters to Tampa

I'm not sure whether to credit the mushroom ricotta stuffed paccheri pasta or wild boar lasagna at the Cena restaurant. Such tasty Italian fare, it can be argued, is at least one good reason a billion-dollar company based in a Tampa office park near Interstate 75 committed to relocate its headquarters and 250 employees to downtown Tampa's Channel District. Tampa's Quality Distribution Inc., a long...
The hot new trend in food is literal garbage

The hot new trend in food is literal garbage

Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there's been an explosion in the number of start-ups making products from food waste, according to a new industry census by the nonprofit coalition...
5 classy imported wines - and one of them is in a $26, pink box

5 classy imported wines - and one of them is in a $26, pink box

Martine Saunier's wines are sold mostly to restaurants, but a few - including the Féraud-Brunel and the Niepoort recommended here - are available at select retail stores. Other wines this week include an easy-to-find bag-in-a-box rosé from Provence, a fine gruner veltliner from Austria and a racy albariño from Spain. GREAT VALUE 3 stars Rhone Valley, France, $20 Cotes du Rhone...
Jimmy Choo on the block as owner trades luxury for coffee

Jimmy Choo on the block as owner trades luxury for coffee

Is coffee a better business than fashion? The Reimann family, the reclusive German consumer goods billionaires who control JAB Holding, seems to think so. On Monday, the luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo, in which JAB owns a 67.6 percent stake, announced that it was putting itself up for sale. JAB acquired the brand in 2011 for 540 million pounds, or $800 million at the time, and took it public in 2014...
Simple tapioca pearls dress up breakfast and beyond

Simple tapioca pearls dress up breakfast and beyond

Tapioca pearls taste like nothing by themselves, but when combined with cumin seeds, green chilies, grated coconut, roasted peanuts and lime juice in sabudana khichdi, they take on a new life for breakfast and beyond. The small white beads are hard in their dry form but become soft and translucent when cooked. Extracted from the tapioca or cassava root, the pearls are then shaped into globules, roasted...

Fareground food hall will include taqueria from Dai Due, concepts from Emmer & Rye, Contigo, Kome and more

The downtown food hall Fareground, which will be located on Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and Second streets, will feature some of the biggest names in Austin dining. The space will include Easy Tiger, a taqueria from Dai Due, an all-day concept from Emmer & Rye and more, it was announced today. The operation is being helmed by Easy Tiger owners Elm Restaurant Group and will have an outpost...
'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere

'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere

Starbucks began selling “unicorn Frappuccinos” on Wednesday, a colorful kaleidoscope of a drink, breathing new life into a food trend that had been willed into existence by a torrent of carefully composed pictures shared on Instagram and other social media sites. For the unaware: “Unicorn food” is any food item jazzed up with dye or cute accessories like fruit cut into little...

A lesson learned while drinking wine in the Arizona desert

There’s no better place to drink wine than at a winery, the place that brought it to life. Cellars are better than the tasting rooms, if you ask me, and vineyards are best of all, when the weather is good. Part of why wine is best at a winery is because it hasn’t traveled, hasn’t been exposed to heat or cold, hasn’t been jostled or hit by light. It’s just been sitting...
Trip to Veracruz, Mexico, brings back recipes for salsa and empanadas

Trip to Veracruz, Mexico, brings back recipes for salsa and empanadas

They dance on the streets in Veracruz City. A couple of nights a week, locals and visitors dress up in their Sunday best and assemble in the town square to enjoy Veracruz’s famous dance, the danzon. Set to live music, the spectacle of young and old dancing together proves unforgettable. We did our best to keep in step; mostly, we just worked up an appetite. Good thing, as there’s much...
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