Grilled seafood at Paggi House
Last night I was invited to Paggi House for a preview of Executive Chef Shane Stark’s new patio night dinner series, Grillin’ & Chillin’. The idea is genius: taking advantage of undoubtedly one of the best patios in the city, chef Shane will step out of the kitchen and fire up the grill instead. Diners […]Read More ›
A sagra at Sagra in honor of pork!
A sagra is a local fair, usually a celebration of food, as in a preparation (sagra dei gnocci) or a raw ingredient (sagra del pesce [fish]). Local customs, dancing, music, sporting events, and children’s activities are usually included as well. Think about our Wurstfest, or even the Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival, as a sagra. Last […]Read More ›
Great summer food from the garden!
This weekend I caved in to the urge and bought some Texas peaches. On Saturday I made a fresh peach cake for our friend’s birthday which turned out incredible. I adapted this recipe from a strawberry cake that my friend Dana sent: Fresh peach cake 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/4 cups turbinado sugar 2 […]Read More ›
New Texas Zagat Guide released online
As some of you know, I edit the Austin section of the Texas Zagat Survey. The 2010 version is online only, compared to online and print in previous years. With so many people using smartphones and the like, they figure more people will prefer this format. Since I don’t have any such gadget, I will […]Read More ›
Flaky Bits: Josh Watkins
I am lucky to start my new Flaky Bits with one of my favorite Austin chefs, the young and talented Josh Watkins. In a nutshell, I met Josh while he was the Sous Chef at the Driskill Grill working with David Bull. Upon David’s departure, Josh took over the kitchen to continued acclaim. My first […]Read More ›