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Foodie Foto Featurette /// Garridos

Garrido’s
360 Nueces Suite #10
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 320-8226

Foodie Foto Featurrette /// Eastside Pies

Eastside Pies
1401 Rosewood Avenue
Austin, TX

(512) 524-0933

 

My Favorite Food Find Of 2011 /// The Slayer Dog

The other night I was asking the other spooner about how her part of 2011 was, which led us to start laughing at the silly videos we made for the Slayer Dog at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. I had almost forgotten that we had even made them.

On the first day of the festival, I noticed Frank’s was promoting something called the Slayer Dog. I thought to myself, “This is amazing! I have got to try this!” But the lady at the table told me to try back tomorrow.

Saturday morning, I visited Franks again. The kind lady behind the table looked worn from answering the same question. “We won’t have them ’til tomorrow,” she muttered.

By the time Sunday came, I was determined to get my hand on this dog. Buzz was stirring at the festival. Rumors were flying that Slayer wanted a Slayer Dog as well. I wish I could find a source to confirm this instance.

Upon arrival at the fest on Sunday, I made a B-line for Franks. The same poor girl told me that Frank would send a tweet when the dogs were ready. I told her that although the idea sounds great, text messages were coming in late due to a lack of bandwidth at the festival. Finally she said, “Just be back around 5 p.m.”

I based my entire day around this moment. At about 4:30, I was the 10th person in line. Quickly, people started to migrate. After about an hour of waiting, our friends at Franks passed out “tickets,” which were napkins with the words “Slayer” written on them in blue marker. If you got a napkin, you got a dog. Everyone else was turned away.

From this point forward, I will let the videos explain how the rest of the evening went!

I hope you enjoy one of my favorite food moments of 2011! Spoon away!

 

 

 

 

Who Are You Spooning With?

Just in case you weren’t sure, food is important to us. And quality food is even more important. But the one thing take precedence over that is who you are with.

Our motto is …

It’s not always about where you spoon but who you are spooning with!

Last year, I reunited with a wonderful couple, Jessica and Clayton. They know how to make my heart smile and I really wanted to have Tiffany meet these wondrous people.

Clayton is a quadruplet and grew up in Copper Canyon, Texas. Jessica and I met when we were both waiting tables at Macaroni Grill in Grapevine. After work, we would regularly head to Chili’s and celebrate the day.

It seemed only proper that we meet there again for a reunion. You can say what you want about Chili’s but they have great comfort food. Their loaded French fries are just like I remember it.

We laughed, hugged and stayed far too long.

Sometimes, you just need to go back to your roots and remember where you came from. Sometimes, you need to hug the ones you love and make new memories. And if I need to travel to Dallas to see the people I miss, then you can find me at Chili’s having an El Presidente.

Chili’s
6251 Long Prairie Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028-6210

(972) 355-5826

Hanukkah With Rock Love Austin

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and we got a super-sweet invite to Rock Love Austin‘s Hanukkah party.

Previously, I had attended a Messianic Synangogue but had never spun a dreidel or had latkes.

Let me tell you, if you have never had a latke before, you are missing out! Our host, Zack, made latkes with traditional sides of sour cream or apple sauce. Latkes are splendid little potato pancakes made with onions, flour and egg. Zack went with the staple brand Carmel and they were superb.

Our hostess, Caitlin made a delicious Dr Pepper cake.  This cake, filled with Dublin Dr Pepper, is moist and has a thick layer of frosting. The recipe is on super-secret lockdown but I highly recommend you making this cake for your next party (Tiffany: You can get the box from Dublin Dr Pepper).

Zack and Caitlin created the perfect atmosphere. Zack had spent the previous week creating the perfect playist of 50 Hana songs aptly titled, Chanukah Playlist! For the Jews and their Goy friends on Spotify. Zack lit the Menorah for the first day of Hanukkah and rallied the troops to spin the dreidel. You will quickly find that I take driedel spinning quite serious. That’s what happens when you get competitive!

 

Pizza Pizza Pizza with Eric Pulsifer

A few weeks back, our dear friend Alex had a Birthday and she wanted to celebrate in style. She asked all her friends to bring a pizza of their choice. And our buddy Eric stood above the rest – physically and foodically!

Who can say no to a Jalapeño Popper–stuffed Pizza?

By Eric Pulsifer ///Junk food gourmet

My go-to homemade pizza topping is Spanish chorizo, a cured smoked meat more similar to high-quality pepperoni than the greasy, lymph node-laden skillet magic that is Mexican chorizo. But Alex already had the gourmet pizza down, and I felt an itch to make the kind of pizza that would only sound appetizing to a reasonably health-conscious person after a few drinks.
I was tossing around the idea with some other pizza partiers about making something deliciously trashy — using low-quality ingredients to create a guilty pleasure of a pie with the sort of fare reserved for bachelors and teenagers. Funny enough, I’m willing to be bet my pie was still probably healthier than the stuff the big chains call pizza.
My initial thought was to make a crust stuffed with that staple of the lonely man diet, the Pizza Roll. However, recalling that those little pockets of sauce and square bits of meat aren’t actually very good, I opted instead for a crust stuffed with gorgonzola-filled jalapeño poppers.
The recipe is simple, and the result was tasty. This made a 10″ round pizza with a couple of leftover poppers for pre-pizza snacking.
1 tube of pizza crust
2 boxes of frozen Safeway Gorgonzola Gems
1 box of frozen spinach artichoke dip
1 cup of Velveeta shreds
1/2 a cup of corn meal
1 tablespoon of cheap olive oil
Sprinkle some corn meal on a nonstick tray. Spread the dough out on top of the tray, rub olive oil over the center and add additional corn meal. Surround the pizza with a barrier of halfway cooked (as per instructions) Gorgonzola Gems and roll the crust over. Spread halfway cooked spinach artichoke dip in middle, top with cheese and throw in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees until crust is golden brown.

Foodie Foto Featurette /// Thanksgiving 2011

The holidays can be crazy! Everyone is trying to get gifts and cook extravagant meals.

I plead guilty to the previous statement. I love a little hoopla – no drama, just hoopla. It can make the ocassion a little more boysterous.

But last year I may have gone too far.

Long story short, we attempted a huge meal for 9 adults and 5 children. Sage-infused turkey, honey-glazed ham, white cheddar, truffle mac and cheese and a slew of other that leave my mind at this moment.

Earlier that morning, my dad talked about how he watched a video on kitchen fires.

In the end we overstuffed the oven, the marshmallows on the candied yams fell over and caught the oven on fire.

In comes my dad: patient and well-versed in the ways of putting out a kitchen fire. He followed the steps to a ‘T’ and no one was hurt. Thanksgiving dinner was a mess but the house was okay.

This year we opted for a stress free meal. My aunt Lori suggested we grill. Given her training at the French Culinary Institute in New York, I thought this was a great idea.

No arguements, no fire and lots of smiles.

I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Random Act of Kindness – Foodie Style

 

ARC in Austin Texas, Robert, Sunny, Hank and Leslie

A couple of weeks ago, Tiffany sent me a blog of a girl named Robyn who celebrated her birthday by producing a random act of kindness for each year of life she was granted.

Each of our birthdays have already passed this year. But, we promised each other that we would embark on this journey next year. What is a better way to celebrate than to give people a random gift?

A few years back, singer-songwriter Denison Witmer gave away 30 songs for his 30th birthday. And for years I have been wanting to do this but I just get distracted.

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History has shown that no matter the culture, we celebrate with food. It happens in the Torah and the Bible and I am no stranger to this ancient concept. I am always pushing to celebrate by cooking a unique meal, going out to a nice restaurant or even trying a new happy hour.

It reminds me of my dear friend Brandon Jordan. He and I worked together at Macaroni Grill in Grapevine, Texas, when I was in college. Brandon had this great phrase for any and every occasion.

“We should celebrate the day!”

No matter what happened, good or bad, Brandon was up for celebrating with a drink. He would celebrate the fact that the day was over. He would celebrate the fact that he made great money that evening.

Over the past few weeks, I thought, I should do things for others more often. My life is more inwardly focused than I like to admit and I want others to celebrate life!

With that idea in mind, Tiffany and I began the long drive from Austin to El Paso. We sang songs and wrote children’s poems to pass the time.

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So much a little cup can do!

At a stop in Sonora, Texas, I asked Tiffany if she wanted a cup of coffee and before she could answer, a random lady at the coffee station said, “I would love a cup.”

I poured myself a cup and then raced to the register. I told the cashier that I wanted to pay for 3 cups of coffee and told the the cashier what the random lady was wearing.

Tiffany and I quickly got back into the car and were filled with joy. As strange as it may sound, I had all the better parts of anxiety as if I had committed a crime. But instead we had paid for a cup of coffee and, hopefully, brought a delightful surprise to a stranger.

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For weeks, we had been talking about how we wanted to see “The Muppets” movie as a family. We made our game plan and I offered to get popcorn for the family. As I stood in line, I heard a brother and sister behind me discussing their options. They quickly made a selection and continued to talk about their day.

When I got to the counter I placed the order for my family.

“I would also like a No. 2 for the people behind me.”

The cashier asked, “What would they like to drink?” I quickly told him that I was unsure and he could ask them. I paid for the items and walked away. As Tiffany and I were pouring far too much butter on our popcorn, the cashier hunted us down.

“They said they aren’t with you,” he muttered.

“I know. It’s OK. I wanted to pay for it.” I said as he stared at me in disbelief.

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I have been leading a bible study with the Austin Stone Community Church for some time. And the weather in Austin has been warmer than normal prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. However, this week, the nightly lows have been below 40 degrees. This has been hard on the homeless community. My good friend Leslie mentioned that selected gloves and beanies were $1 this week at Target, where she works. After a chain of emails, the group had modified plans to pass out hot chocolate, bananas, granola bars, little debbie snacks and crunch bars along with beanies and gloves.

Upon arriving we learned that the ARC holds around 200 people and had already been filled to capacity, leaving nearly 40 people outside. Our group focused our efforts on the individuals left outside. A few people got to call their families. Others shared their fruit and snacks.

I was blown away at how much joy is shared in a bottle of water, hot chocolate and an earnest conversation.

Here we were celebrating the day with complete strangers and I didn’t want to be anywhere else in that moment!

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I am not mentioning any of this to get a pat on the back. But I simply wanted to call others in the spooning community to action. Let’s put a smile on other people’s faces.

Let’s truly help make this world a better place 1 spooner at a time!

Fun Fun Fun Food 2011 Day 3


What a way to end the festival. Here are a few items that we learned about at the fest this year.

  1. Most large entree items run about $7
  2. Snacks run about $4
  3. Fun Fun Fun Fest serves mixed mixed mixed drinks!
  4. Don’t try and sneak in your own liquor if Slayer is playing. You are going to get the pat-down!
  5. Slayer inspires people to create: Slayer dog by Frank and Progress Coffee roasted and packaged bean to the sweet tunes of Slayer
  6. Don’t mock the Slayer dog! [More on that soon enough]

At the same time, we got to see some great bands, such as Hum, Del the Funky Homosapian, Baths and Tiffany’s new favorite, Austra!

Tiffany: “Not Austra! My favorites were Lykke Li and Passion Pit!”

And nothing goes better at a festival than new food.

I began the day by taking a wager on Blue Ribbon BBQ. Although I hadn’t realized it at the time, I have had their BBQ before. Blue Ribbon has a store front on 4th Street, at the base of the Frost Tower. Sadly, the sandwich never looks as good as it does on the picture. At first glance, I was disappointed with my selection. The presentation was sub-par but what could I expect, I am at a festival.

After my first bite, my mind quickly changed. 3 generations of BBQ purveyors had done me right. The brisket BBQ sandwich made my taste buds dance.

Tiffany here! I ate my first meal of the day at home, but while Antonio was waiting for his Slayer dog, I stopped over at Snowie for the sweet potato and black bean quesadilla. I loved the flavors of black beans and mashed sweet potato, but I must admit I couldn’t really find the cheese it spoke of. It came with a red pepper sauce to dip it in, which also complemented the flavors nicely.

Next time, I want to try what they call the Neptune—sauteed zucchini, squash, black beans and cheese. I am a big squash and zucchini fan—yay, fall! Snowie primarily sells snow cones and fair food, but I guess they figured out the secret to success—have something for the veggie-tarians!

 

Blue Ribbon BBQ
120 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 
(512) 369-3119

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Food 2011 Day 2

Antonio with his Steak Frite Sandwich from Aquarelle

Day 2 of the festival was better than the first.  We had the opportunity to taste some great food.

Tiffany and I made our way to the Handshake tent at the “top of the afternoon.” Although the weather has been cool here in Austin, the mid-afternoon sun was hot enough to justify a milkshake. After working through our choices, we agreed to an oatmeal shake with chocolate chips and blueberries. Sadly, our mix-ins got left out, but hearts were filled with joy when we tasted this shake. You couldn’t come closer to an oatmeal cookie wit out… well… err… eating an actually oatmeal cookie. The service was fun and we are definately heading to Handshakes for their grand opening next week!

Between Donald Glover, Ra Ra Riot and Kool Keith, Tiffany reminded me that this was going to be the only time in our schedule to get a decent meal and relax for a moment. Tiffany chose to wait in line for Crepe Crazy. Crepe Crazy may have the largest selection of items at the festival, divided into sweet and savory selections, for whichever your heart desires in the moment. While she really wanted the Banana Nutella, she chose a proper dinner item – the Sun-dried Tomato Veggie Crepe, smothered with monterrey jack cheese, sliced tomatoes, spinach, sauteed mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoe pesto. Before you order, know that you will be pointing out what you would like on the menu unless you know sign language. This trailer is impressive with their fluid efficiency – despite being one of the more popular tents, the wait is not long and it’s fun to watch them expertly make crepes and fold in the fresh ingredients.

For myself, after waiting in line for 10 minutes, I learned that Franks had run out of bratwurst. I was offered a hot dog but I thought I would wait for the much anticipated Slayer dog, offered only on Sundays!

In a moment of desperation, I hopped over to the Linda Chan’s. The line moved fast and service was quick. In the end, I picked up the chicken with fried rice. This was a game time decision which I began to second guess myself as the words fell from my lips. I managed to order the one food that is often under-seasoned and quickly dries out. But Chan’s surprised me in all the best ways.

By the end of the evening, Tiffany and I needed a pick-me-up. We swung by the Progress Coffee tent for two cups of joe.  However, we were the last cup – as in singular cup. The staff at Progress was nice enough to grati our cup for the inconvienence.

A few bands later, I was hungry again.

In a hunt for a nibble, I selected the Steak Frites Sandwich from Aquarelle. This Sandwich was over the top and bursting with flavor. Who can say no to stripped steak, pom frites, covered with pepper and parmesan all stacked between a bun. I submit that you cannot. Plus, this late in the evening, the staff at most places are tired and severly overworked. But not Aquarelle, our server Kylie was over the top! Good job, guys! Tiff and I need to stop in soon for a full dinner!

All in all, it was a good day for food! Let’s do it again at Fun Fun Fun Fest. These spoonies are ready!

Aquarelle Restaurant Français
606 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX
(512) 479-8117

Crepe Crazy

Handshakes Trailer
1104 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Linda Chan’s Chicken

Progress Coffee
500 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX
(512) 493-0963