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5 things to know about Central Library’s new Cookbook Bar & Cafe

When the Central Library opened at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. in October, one key component wasn’t ready: an on-site eatery called Cookbook Bar & Cafe. On Thursday, the cafe finally opened, and with a surprise: The cookbooks lining the shelves are from the collection of Virginia B. Wood, the late food writer who was influential in Austin’s food community before her death earlier this...


Houston import Becks Prime opening first Austin-area location

Houston import Becks Prime opening first Austin-area location

One of my favorite burgers from my childhood in Houston is coming to the Austin area. Sadly, for residents of Central Austin, it’s not coming into the city proper. Becks Prime is opening its first area location at  19024 Heatherwilde Boulevard in Pflugerville. That location, which opens Monday, is connected...
Is a pesky pothole making a mess of your takeout dinner? How a pizza chain could help

Is a pesky pothole making a mess of your takeout dinner? How a pizza chain could help

Have you ever had to peel cheese off the top of the box before enjoying your takeout pizza because of the bumpy ride home? You may want to pay attention to a new initiative from Domino’s. The Michigan-based restaurant chain announced last week that people can nominate their city in hopes the company will contribute funds to fix local potholes. Those interested in nominating their city can visit...
The bride's dress was OK, but the dinner was dazzling

The bride's dress was OK, but the dinner was dazzling

All the tasting-menu options that Susan Shek and Noah Sexton have sampled for their August wedding are delicious, but they want food that makes a visual statement.  They are leaning toward caviar on a buckwheat blini that bears no resemblance to a blini; it is a squat little tower made of reconfigured blini ingredients. The caterer has also suggested the steak frites, a slender rectangle of beef...
Easy pancakes make any morning special

Easy pancakes make any morning special

When my mother made pancakes, you knew it was a special occasion. She would pull out the heavy-duty stand mixer, separate the eggs and beat the whites until they were cloudlike, then fold them into a batter creamy with cottage cheese. The pancakes would puff when she fried them, each one a tiny, golden soufflé ready to be coated in maple syrup. They were delectable, but as rare as double rainbows...
New Lonely Planet book lists peak coffee experiences around the world

New Lonely Planet book lists peak coffee experiences around the world

It’s easy enough to find a dining guide for almost any place on the planet. Tracking down sublime cups of coffee, however, can be trickier. Lonely Planet has lovers of java in mind with their recent release, “Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour: A Taster’s Guide to the World’s Best Coffee Experiences” (Lonely Planet Food, $19.99). This handsome, 272-page book romps...
A pie maker creates art for the upper crust

A pie maker creates art for the upper crust

In Germany, a country known more for kuchen than pie, one baker has become a sensation for her design-savvy, American-style pastries.  Karin Pfeiff-Boschek makes three pies each week, posts pictures of them on Instagram and then gives most of them away to friends and charities. Her online pastry portfolio routinely garners thousands of "like" clicks and fan comments. That's no surprise...
Play it cool

Play it cool

Cucumbers are capable of much more than crunching up salads and soothing puffy eyes. They can help balance blood sugar and strengthen bones — and at 95% water, they’re hydrating, too. Work the crisp, mild fruit into these recipes, and reap the benefits any time of day. Active/Total Time: 35 minutes Serves: 4 With their vitamin K, cukes will help keep your bones strong, while protein in...
7UP's new digital bartender turns you into a master mixologist

7UP's new digital bartender turns you into a master mixologist

Calling all cocktail and  mocktail enthusiasts: Serve this summer's most buzzworthy drinks using  the 7UP Digital Bartender, a new mobile website from the versatile  soft drink. The ultimate drink-crafting tool makes it easy to pour  beverages worthy of a cocktail connoisseur from the comfort of your  own home. Or tap the 7UP Digital Bartender to impress at your next ...
Bubbling up: Austin brands quench thirst for sparkling water options

Bubbling up: Austin brands quench thirst for sparkling water options

Austin is known as a hub for craft breweries, wineries and distilleries, but another beverage, completely nonalcoholic, has also begun to flood the city. Since early 2017, four homegrown sparkling water brands have launched here, joining another that has been on local shelves since 2010. In a town that seems to pretty much run on Topo Chico — a mineral water bottled in Mexico and beloved...
Exclusive: Mediterranean fast-casual Cava opens first Austin location next week

Exclusive: Mediterranean fast-casual Cava opens first Austin location next week

Capitalizing on the modern trend of healthy, fast-casual-style dining and the group’s success in states across the country, Cava will officially open in the Austin market on Tuesday. Cava is a Washington D.C.-based Mediterranean fast-casual concept. (Contributed) The location at 2426 Guadalupe St. (part of Urban Outfitters&rsquo...
Legendary Lockhart restaurant Black’s BBQ now open in New Braunfels

Legendary Lockhart restaurant Black’s BBQ now open in New Braunfels

A legendary Texas barbecue joint expanded its empire yesterday, as Lockhart-based Black’s BBQ opened in New Braunfels at 936 Loop 337. Located in a former Rudy’s Country Store, which moved just down the road, the restaurant serves almost all of the same traditional cuts of smoked meat (minus baby back ribs) as the original, which opened in downtown Lockhart...
Cafe serving cookbook-inspired food and drinks opens today at new Central Library

Cafe serving cookbook-inspired food and drinks opens today at new Central Library

Before the new library opened downtown, one of the most exciting proposed elements was the Cookbook Cafe, a cookbook-inspired eatery on the bottom floor. The books that line the shelves of the Cookbook Cafe, the restaurant inside downtown’s Central Library that opens today, are from the personal collection of food writer Virginia B. Wood, who died earlier this year...
P. Terry’s near the airport opens this weekend

P. Terry’s near the airport opens this weekend

Just landed back in Austin and want to remind yourself exactly where you are? Starting this weekend you’ll be able to swing through the new drive-thru-only P. Terry’s for a taste of Austin. The local chain opens its airport-area location at 1551 Texas 71 on Saturday. The modernist structure is the 15th area location from Patrick Terry, who opened his...
In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe

In debate over butter vs. brown butter, brown butter wins in this lemon bar recipe

Deep thinkers debate good versus evil, while baked goods, which have goodness baked right in, debate good versus better, which is to say butter versus brown butter. Butter set over steady heat separates; left to sizzle, the milk solids toast in the milk fat, turning sweet, creamy butter into rich, nutty brown butter. If brown butter is better than butter, imagine how good a baked good is when baked...
Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

A: With some antibiotics, the answer is a definite no. With most, however, the answer may be a cautious yes. Concerns about alcohol and antibiotics may have their roots in the rubber industry of the 1880s. Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber. Soon, rubber workers began experiencing a strange reaction: They became violently...
Real Simple launches Real Simple Cooking School

Real Simple launches Real Simple Cooking School

Meredith Corporation's REAL  SIMPLE today announced that it has launched REAL SIMPLE Cooking  School, a new multiplatform cooking series that teaches viewers the  basics of cooking and shares smart kitchen tips and inspiration for  meals. REAL SIMPLE Cooking School is now available on  REALSIMPLE.com/CookingSchool.  The series builds on the success of REAL SIMPLE's Facebook...
A Mo. family made a special connection with Anthony Bourdain

A Mo. family made a special connection with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain wanted the Piña-White family of Eureka, Mo., to enjoy the best food they could as they cruised through Europe on a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip. The celebrity chef and author knew the foundation didn’t provide for the food the family would eat off the ship, so he quietly wrote them a check with recommendations of restaurants to visit and what to enjoy. Mary White doesn&rsquo...
I tried one of IHOP's new Steakburgers, and something's missing

I tried one of IHOP's new Steakburgers, and something's missing

The problem arose as soon as I asked the IHOP server if I could order my burger medium-rare. He shifted in place for a second before telling me that he has repeatedly asked the kitchen to do exactly that and the cooks always reject the request. Then he looked up at the ceiling, as if he couldn't even meet my eyes as he delivered the bad news. I sort of assumed the request was beyond the pale. Right...

Does substituting browned butter for regular mean rewriting a recipe?

Writer Emily Horton and pastry chef Alex Levin recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat. A: A good rule is to look at butter as 80 percent fat to 20 percent liquid. When you brown butter, the liquid boils off and the remaining milk solids turn brown, so you're left with 80 percent of the original amount. If...
Jon Bon Jovi gets into the rosé business

Jon Bon Jovi gets into the rosé business

In real life, Jon Bon Jovi’s hair is as lush, buoyant and poofed into rock-star messiness as you would hope it to be. This was revealed on a recent afternoon as his stylist jujjed his gray locks into perfect disorder at his $18 million Greenwich Village apartment. Bon Jovi’s office is sparsely decorated except for what might be considered rocker tchotchkes: a spine-worn copy of Johnny...
Vegan ice cream purveyors Nada Moo open just in time for summer

Vegan ice cream purveyors Nada Moo open just in time for summer

No longer are you only able to buy Nada Moo frozen treats in grocers and shops around town. Nada Moo, which makes coconut-milk-based ice cream and was one of the early movers in the vegan ice cream world in Austin, has taken over the Venezia Gelato space at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd. The shop is operating under limited hours at the beginning and suggests people pay attention...

How weekend choices undermine our kids' healthy eating habits

Weekdays can be exhausting for parents. You get your kids out of bed, take them where they need to go and help with homework. You make sure they have the proper food to fuel their brains and bodies. By the time the weekend comes, everyone is exhausted and ready for fun. Out comes the frozen pizza for dinner, the soda and popcorn with a movie and the Jujubes for dessert, because it feels like it's...
Best Bites: Snyder’s Filled Pieces

Best Bites: Snyder’s Filled Pieces

Pretzel nuggets filled with peanut butter have been around for at least 20 years or so, but it’s news when Snyder’s of Hanover gets into the act. Like others before them, Snyder’s has hollowed out little pretzelettes and filled the crisp, salty shell with lightly sweet peanut butter. These are among the world’s best snacks, the perfect combination of flavors and textures, and...
Goodwill and butterflies

Goodwill and butterflies

To loosely paraphrase Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Dubois: When you travel with a family, that’s when you really depend on the kindness of strangers. The thought occurred to me, any number of times, during a three-day weekend late in April that I spent in Montreal with my husband, Howie; our son and daughter-in-law; and three young grandchildren. I was struck not only by how much planning...
Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

I have devoted an entire cabinet in my kitchen to baking pans. And then some. It's a little embarrassing. Square pans in multiple sizes. Round pans in multiple sizes. The new loaf pans. The old, maybe-I-can-still-use-them loaf pans. I could go on. I have surely gone overboard, but my hoarding notwithstanding, having a few different baking pans and dishes is smart and it's a worthwhile investment....
At Black Ivy in Edinburgh, little luxuries and a big breakfast

At Black Ivy in Edinburgh, little luxuries and a big breakfast

Black Ivy, 4 Alvanley Terrace; weareblackivy.com Rates From about 80 pounds (about $113). If Black Ivy feels like a stylish gastro pub with lodgings attached to it, that may be because it’s the brainchild of Billy Lowe, an Edinburgh entrepreneur who created and ran dozens of bars in the city before his companyopened the 22-room hotel last November. Black Ivy, in three adjoining Victorian townhouses...
Cooking steak indoors? Embrace the reverse sear

Cooking steak indoors? Embrace the reverse sear

Cooking steak outside? That’s easy. Get the grill as hot as possible, toss the meat on and cook until done. But attempt that same stunt indoors, and you’ll smoke out your family and any immediate neighbors. Sure, you could turn the heat down, though then you risk either ending up with a sad, gray piece of meat devoid of an evenly browned crust or a steak that is horribly overdone. As a...
So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?

So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?

As you probably know by now — especially because it was all over Twitter last week — IHOP changed its name this week to “IHOb,” aka International House of Burgers. The reaction was, well, snarky. Whataburger and Wendy’s got off some pretty good tweets. Burger King went as far as to change its Twitter handle to @PancakeKing although, lest too many people become confused...
Taco Tuesday: Mi Trailita on Manor Road

Taco Tuesday: Mi Trailita on Manor Road

One of many reasons I still love changing Austin: I can still easily discover a great taco truck that’s been hiding in plain sight for years. Mi Trailita is located on the part of Manor Road just north of 51st Street that serves more as a getting-to-somewhere road or shortcut than a destination for me. This trailer changes that. A selection of tacos at Mi Trailita. (Matthew...
Hand-pulled dragon’s beard cotton candy? I guess I really will do anything for my kids

Hand-pulled dragon’s beard cotton candy? I guess I really will do anything for my kids

Dragon’s beard candy. I hadn’t heard of this confection until last week, when one of my kids insisted I watched a how-to video they’d seen on YouTube. “It’s like hand-pulled cotton candy,” they explained as they searched for a video to show me. The most popular one appears to be Inga Lam’s video for Buzzfeed, which was uploaded in...
At a nostalgic Paris restaurant, food takes a back seat to fun 

At a nostalgic Paris restaurant, food takes a back seat to fun 

The scene is a familiar one in Paris: an expansive, brightly lit dining room and servers decked head-to-toe in black and white, darting between tables with a balancing act of dishes in one hand and carafes of wine in another. Diners sit elbow-to-elbow in rows of ruby red leather banquettes or wooden bistro chairs, chatting over generous portions of beef Bourguignon and escargots dressed in parsley...

Elicio’s Rose makes for good summer sipping

I found the perfect patio sipper. I was lured in by the beautiful salmon color of Elicio’s Rose of grenache and syrah from France. Market District Wine Steward Jessica Goldbourn saw me reach for the bottle and started singing its praises. “One of my favorites!” Screw top, baby! Amazing value. So I took a bottle home and fell in love with the exhilarating aromas of Granny Smith apple...
So many reasons to love asparagus

So many reasons to love asparagus

Don’t you just love asparagus? Those lovely green spears have been hard to pass up at local farm markets and grocery stories. I haven’t had a bad bunch yet. Asparagus that’s not hand-harvested typically have a tougher end. And that tougher end can turn out stringy or woody when cooked. To check its tender point, those that aren’t hand-harvested, you bend the stalk near the...
12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values

12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values

Cotes du Rhone wines do not have the prestige of the Rhone Valley’s storied wines, but these bottles have a lot to offer. These are not the wines of Cote-Rotie, Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage or Condrieu in the northern Rhone. And although the vast majority of Cotes du Rhone wines hail from southern Rhone, home to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Tavel, Cotes du Rhone...
Chicken milanese has its moment

Chicken milanese has its moment

It’s an excellent moment for cutlets Milanese. Made from veal, chicken or pork coated in fine breadcrumbs or flaky panko, they seem to be showing up everywhere, in variations satisfying and classic, thrilling and new. I’ve sampled the chuletas (breaded and fried pork tenderloin) at Mita’s in Cincinnati, where I dunked slices in guacamole as if they were the meatiest of chips. In...
A salad that goes with the grain

A salad that goes with the grain

When you hear the word “salad,” a bowl of dressed lettuce or other greens may come to mind. On the other hand, chicken salad, tuna salad and potato salad don’t necessarily imply anything green and leafy. And a juicy tomato salad is usually mostly tomatoes, with garlic and herbs added. There’s really no salad I dislike, but lately it’s grain salads I desire. Give me quinoa...
Obvious, and not so obvious, ways to use all four sides of your box grater

Obvious, and not so obvious, ways to use all four sides of your box grater

If you own the most typical type of box graters, it has four sides. You probably routinely use only one of them - or maybe two. You might almost exclusively use it to shred cheese. There's no shame in that. I'm pretty much the same way. Still, there are at least a few more things you can do to get the most out of your box grater. It's time to start giving all four sides a workout. - The largest shredding...
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