Savory Spice Shop, the best spice purveyor in Austin, is shuttering their Barton Creek Mall location.
Half off all inventory is being offered through the end of January.
Savory Spice Shop, the best spice purveyor in Austin, is shuttering their Barton Creek Mall location.
Half off all inventory is being offered through the end of January.
Just before the turn of the year we had the opportunity to sit down with Ari White, New York City pitboss for Gemstone Catering (Hakadosh BBQ). The Texas native is making huge waves in the city via a series of pop up food parties where he regularly cooks and sells over a ton (2k pounds) of meat.
But can he be the brisket king?
We keep meaning to give some attention to podcasts but there is the small matter of Charles Brimmer music that must be listened to whilst we dawdle away our lives on the internet.
And Charles Gayle.
And Johnny Shines.
It's just really hard to not listen to New Orleans soul, archaic free jazz or pre-Vietnam war era blues while we drown our sorrows via the web.
That being said, we're firmly of the belief that the Beerists is a fine podcast and deserving of all the international attention that it will now be receiving.
Archive of podcasts http://thebeerists.com/
This is installment two of our weekly survey of sausage news from around the globe. We're gearing up for another round of sausage making as our Texas hot guts team will re-band at the end of January with cold boxes filled with alligator, antelope and wild boar for another Scrumptious Chef pop up.
Widely regarded as the finest sausage restaurant in the USA: "The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium." http://gazette.com/go-for-the-food-hot-dougs-in-chicago
It was time to recalibrate. I'd been eating all over town from the top Mexican chefs in Austin, but something was missing. I'd had great salsa, incredible mole, killer queso...but there was this nagging doubt that I'd somehow been led astray.
Time to revisit the Queen.
Montopolis is alive.
Breaking news coming out of the Austin pizza world. Macaulay Culkin's rock band The Pizza Underground is set to perform at Breakpoint at the Boardwalk for the grand opening of the Unconventional Oven food truck.
As is the custom of all au courant food businesses in Austin, the Unconventional Oven (a pizza truck) will be focused on using locally sourced ingredients: local pepperoni, local olives, local mushrooms?
We are hopeful.
January 31, 2014
Yesterday, December 24th 2013, we notched our two millionth visitor. Last month we celebrated our four year anniversary the only way we know how: by drinking Live Oak beer and eating a plate of handmade Texas Hot Guts sausage.
We're not putting up Gawker numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but we're still pretty proud of these modest accomplishments.
Looking back over a year of vigorously covering the Austin food scene, one thing becomes clear: We're living in a golden age. Along with Scrumptious Chef, dozens of Austin food blogs are clamoring at the trough with constant updates on the Central Texas food scene.
Our weekly feature on the cream of the crop of Austin food writing regularly draws three to five thousand visitors curious as to who we reckon is putting out the hottest content.
When an East Austin dive bar underwent an ownership change we were there http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/3/26
Texas Monthly's Top 50 Barbecue joints in Texas list had some holes in it. We were there to lend a hand http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/5/16
East Austin's most notorious bookie predicted who would finish in the number one spot on that same list http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/5/14
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force took down an Austin chef http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/3/29
Field report on the Scrumptious Chef Texas wild game meat pop up restaurant http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/1/13
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When we're not eating sausage, making sausage or developing recipes for our Texas Hot Guts sausage team, we're reading about sausage. All sausage, all the time.
Now it's time to share. While we invariably sell out of our hot links at our Scrumptious Chef pop up restaurant we're not sure if this feature will grow legs or not but here we go.
Goldis Sausage in south Austin ranked as one of the best undiscovered food trucks in Austin http://austin.eater.com/archives/2013/11/11/austins-mos
Green's Sausage House, est.1946, outside Temple, http://kdhnews.com/business/legacy-of-green-s-sausage-h
Sometimes a dream comes true. Behold the sausage gun http://foodbeast.com/2013/11/14/sausage-gun-makes-our-m
Boudin rouge is a vanishing art form. Making it involves a good quantity of fresh pig blood, and cooks willing to practice this prairie art are disappearing. Rodney Babineaux still hews to this old tradition http://www.southernfoodways.org/okracast-rodney-babinea
Ten facts about sausage http://www.express.co.uk/fun/top10facts/440967/Top-10-f
pic: Green's Sausage House courtesy of Mayor Al on Roadfood.
We were not expecting the runaway success of this feature. Yes, craft beer is enjoying an extended moment in the sun, but our first segment in this ongoing series skyrocketed in page views, so we humbly offer another entry.
A long afternoon spent in the beer garden at ABGB means we most likely will not be at the massive Austin Beer Guide Winter release party tonight (12/19/2013)
But with Captain Beyond on the hi fi, giant frosted schooners of Superliner and a steady stream of fine conversation with old friends in the immediate rearview, we're not feeling too poorly over our planning.
Should you go to the wingding this evening expect plenty firkins (casks) from ABGB, Hops and Grain, Austin Beerworks, Jester King, and Live Oak as well as pours of that beastly Drago Russian Imperial Stout from the bright tanks of the hosts.
Please report back while we sleep this one off.
full Austin Texas craft beer coverage right this way http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/Austin-Cr
Lots of movement in the Austin blogging world this week as we shook off the brutal dormancy induced by those sub 40 degree temperatures that had everybody hunkered down on their sofas devouring Jeno's Pizza Rolls and crying themselves to sleep.
The men at Wright Bros Brew And Brew are throwing a big craft beer party in East Austin tonight.
The lineup is insane. These guys know their beer and it shows in their offerings for the shindig.
There has to be a king.
Austin is awash with them. As we make our way about the city eating and drinking we naturally assign fiefdoms and take our consorts to these giants. We have a brisket king: John Mueller. A food truck king: Raymond Tatum. A sausage king: Tom Micklethwait.
There's probably a radiator king out near Pflugerville.
It was two years ago today that Stiles Switch Barbecue flung their doors opened, and walked onto the main stage of Texas smoked meat.
They occupy a curious niche: Out of all the world class barbecue joints that Austin currently sports, they're the only outfit that keeps "normal" restaurant hours.
Unlike their competitors, Stiles Switch doesn't run out of meat.
Swing by today and grab a hunk of prime rib off their smoker, it's the special today for their 12 Days Of Smoked Meat festival.
Wonder what Eddie Nimibutr is up to these days? 1 year ago today, the Thai Noodle House owner lit up the internet with a Facebook posting regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
It didn't go over very well.
We were all over the story http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/12/1
The beer soaked question we field the most frequently on this site is "what is cask beer?"
Since 1971, a group of men from England have worked to revitalize the purest form of beer consumption on earth: drinking ale from a cask. They are called CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) and they are a large part of the reason Great Britain, and the USA, have cask beer available in bars across the country.
But what is cask beer?
Sunday nights are normally quiet affairs around Austin as folks are licking their wounds from Friday and Saturday and/or preparing for a busy work week by eating Jeno's pizza rolls and watching reruns of the A-Team on Netflix.
Most bars around town just sort of throw their hands up, put one lackadaisical barkeep behind the counter, and begin the countdown to closing time.
Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, David Chang of Momofuku, RL Reeves Jr of Scrumptious Chef, Chris Cosentino of Incanto...all the USA's best chefs use Red Boat fish sauce.
We were on our daily ramble across the internet when we stumbled upon Red Boat's website; clicking on their recipe page, we found a goodly treasure trove of Vietnamese-inspired formulae from all the above chefs.
Here's a hotlink http://redboatfishsauce.com/fish_sauce_recipes.html Now hit the kitchen with a bottle of fish sauce and report back.
The crew at Scrumptious Chef were, as usual, haggling over the finer points of Austin's craft beer scene, when the topic of Austin Beerworks' Sputnik came up.
ABW's day-in-day-out beers are some of the finest in town. They're making the pilsners and schwarzbiers that slake our thirst without getting us knee-walking drunk, and they're doing a swell job at it.
But then they bring out the big guns: like their brute force Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout that they've dubbed Sputnik, perhaps for its ability to simulate a lunar landing on your beer palate.
It is other-wordly.
The fact that Austin has 2 breweries putting out specialty stouts (512's 5th Anniversary Imperial being the other) that are as good as any in the USA speaks volumes for where we are in the craft beer pantheon.
Check out the video on Sputnik.
more Austin Texas craft beer coverage http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/Austin-Cr
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Where to buy the best tamales in Central Texas? This is the question we field relentlessly at this time of year.
Go behind the scenes at Tamale House East as the merry band of tamaleras over that way churn out thousands and thousands of some of the finest tamales in Central Texas.
And part one of our Best Tamales In Central Texas series in comments below
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We're certain the brewers over at Live Oak, the premiere makers of Bavarian-style lagers in Austin, are rooting around in some Hill Country cave right now, wrestling some ancient, wooden barrels filled with Big Bark onto their beer vans.
It's National Lager Day.
It was Big Bark, a solid coon's age ago, that started us down the craft beer path via a chance meeting with master brewer Steve Anderson. We've never been the same.
Has it really been a year since we published "2012 Year End Review: The Best Austin Texas Barbecue You Never Heard Of: Micklethwait Craft Meats" http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/12/2?
How the time flies.
Since then we've eaten countless meals at the humble food trailer just a stone's throw from Raymond Tatum's 3 little Pigs food truck, the best fine dining al fresco food cart in Austin.
This Sunday, December 15th 2013, Micklethwait is throwing a 1 year anniversary party with discounted menu items and a set from the outlaw punks Golden Boys.
This is a don't miss.
Lance Kirkpatrick is celebrating Christmas the only way a crusty old pit boss knows how. Building hardwood fires and rounding up every critter he can lay his hands on and subsuming them with flames.
Anyone interested in doing a meat cleanse for the holidays? It's time for Stiles Switch 12 days of smoked meat.
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday December 10th 2013, here's the fleshy syllabus for the party:
Sushi at the Whole Foods downtown? Not even on a dare. Hungry Girl Austin feasts on fish and rice http://hungrygirlaustin.com/post/69487219000/whole-food
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The German Texan Heritage Society is throwing a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) tomorrow, Sat December 7th 2013 at Austin's German Free School.
The school was chartered in 1858 by the Texas lege.
Howard Lazarus has a plan. Austin's Public Works Director recently proposed a $19 million renovation to the vaunted nightlife district's sidewalks, infrastructure and traffic system.
Lipstick on a pig?
6th Street is a mess. Rolling through downtown two nights ago after listening to Monster Magnet at Red 7, it was easy to see how the area earned the nickname "Dirty 6th." The sidewalks were filthy, the gutters were strewn with trash, dealers were working the alley near Rowdy's, hookers were on the stroll across from the homeless center, and in the middle of it all were countless police officers ambling about waiting for a fistfight to break out.
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Veronica Meewes has an excellent piece up today on Finney Walter, current pastry chef at Mettle and former right hand man to RL Reeves Jr on the ongoing Scrumptious Chef pop up restaurant series.
Boon companion, friend of over a decade, and a very fine cook, young Walter's story is one you will find quite compelling.
Right in the middle of our "Let Us Now Praise Texas Women" pop up restaurant event planning, a monstrous kerfuffle arose out of New York when Time magazine published their Gods Of Food issue.
Our decade+ span of going out to crowded metal shows in smoky dive bars 7 nights a week has sadly come to an end, but once in a great while we simply must hoist ourselves off the ancient Broyhill sofa, and head downtown to let our devil dogs run free.
Tomorrow, December 2nd 2013, at H.J. Lutcher Stark Center there will be a special exhibit commemorating the University of Texas Longhorns very first national football title.
Expect plentiful photos, letters and other arcana relating to Coach Darrell K Royal's momentous first national title with the football Longhorns.
After you've gorged on sweet remembrance, it will be time to fortify yourself with some north campus victuals, and we recommend Posse East for a Posse burger (think Mexican sloppy joe) or the best $5 hamburger combo in Austin at Crown and Anchor Pub.
Digestif? Visit JP's Java for one of the best espresso pulls in Austin.
Mondays are usually dull affairs with little happening around town, but December 2nd could prove to be the most entertaining day of the week if you follow the above plan.
photo credit: H.J. Lutcher Stark Center
This is our weekly feature where we provide a signal boost to Austin food bloggers who are working hard to document the best restaurants and taverns (and food trucks) in town. Our best is pretty subjective so take that as you will.
On to the roundup:
Wright Bros Brew And Brew from the new kids over at Gallivant http://gallivant.com/city/austin/
Happy Thanksgiving from the crew at Scrumptious Chef.
Here are a few gold standard, Thanksgiving recipes to add to that battered old notecard file you keep up in the kitchen cabinet:
The best green bean recipe ever http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2010/10/5
The best macaroni and cheese that ever entered my gullet http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/7/17
Sweet Potato Mash With Texas Sorghum Molasses http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/4/23
Bulleit Bourbon Bundt Cake With Buttermilk Praline Sauce http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/11/1
Tres Leche Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Salted Pecan Praline Saucehttp://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2012/10/2
"Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing. One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better." Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States
There are few foods born in the great state of Texas that inspire the controversies of Texas Red Chili. In 1977, Chili became the official dish Of Texas at the 65th Legislature
We fired up a big debate on Roadfood, the food site of record, way back in December of 2011 when we established the protocols for authentic Texas Red.
Austin, Texas is chockablock with fantastic espresso. Baristas are pulling perfect shots in East Austin, Downtown, North Campus, and just about every neighborhood in town.
Of course there are plenty lost souls who spend their hard earned money at Starbucks but their lives are rattling husks.
The Brooksdale neighborhood, where we reside, has yet to open a coffee joint but we're expecting one any day now.
We've got a murderer's row of cafes that we habitually roll into to grab an Americano, but at the end of the day our heart belongs to Once Over Coffee Bar in South Austin.
"It's kind of been an embarrassment that we don't have vegan barbecue in Austin."
Said no one, ever.
Until Vegan Lazy Smurf ate at Austin's brand new, high dollar, vegan barbecue truck: Barbecue Revolution.
Last night I went with a few friends to check in on 85 South. Perhaps it was an off night or perhaps it was due to the fact they were having a fundraiser for the Philippines, and they were distracted but I likely won't be returning.
Dinner was a set menu due to the fundraiser - ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, and your choice of mac and cheese or fries. Provided drinks were either lemonade or sweet tea.
We're not morally opposed to fast food. We just don't enjoy the fact that 20 minutes after eating the biggest fast food meal on offer we're hungry yet again. There is no nutritive value in the stuff.
That being said we're powerless under the sway of Hardee's. Thankfully there are none of these wondrous franchises in Austin or we'd be in serious trouble.
Then there was the time we walked into a Hardee's in Tennessee. One of the most viewed posts in the history of Scrumptious Chef.
From time to time we like to present one of the purveyors that we use for our ongoing pop up restaurant series. Since our Texas Women event is beef heavy, we got in touch with the good butchers at Salt and Time to procure some Certified Angus for our Texas Red Chili and Texas Hot Guts sausage.
In an interview on the Zagat website, Salt and Time owner/butcher Ben Runkle explained Evans Farm thusly:
John Mueller, the irascible Austin pit boss is heading to Houston on Saturday November 23rd for a barbecue benefit at Cottonwood.
Houston doesn't have anything approaching Mueller's level of smoked meat so expect big crowds, long lines, and Mueller holding court with an ice cold bottle of Bud Lite.
The moneys gathered from the event will be dispersed to Housing Houston's Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to securing permanent lodging for veterans.
12 noon til the meat sells out.
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I damn near threw my elbow out on the salt shaker.
Country Boyz Fixins is the newest tenant in the building that formerly housed both Sallie's Down Home Cooking back in the 90s, and more recently, E.12th Kafe, up to about 2 months ago.
The building has seen a lot of chicken fried inside its tiny confines.
The most famous Texas food blogger actually lives in New York City. Lisa Fain aka The Homesick Texan has been featured in the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and seemingly every other publication of note in this world.
Beginning in the blog-Paleo era of 2005, Fain quickly caught our attention with a rant against The Darkness (Whole Foods) but we were not hooked until she kicked the site into high gear with painstaking renditions of classic Texas recipes like homemade chili powder, pecan pie, salsa and posole; the king of soups.
Got an extra $25 in craft beer funds rattling around in your pocket? Twisted X Brewing Company is throwing a grand opening party out in Dripping Springs on Saturday November 23rd.
The entry fee will get you some Twisted X swag: backpack, beer cup, t-shirt (if you're one of the 1st thousand purchasers) and a couple drink tickets for their brew.
Bring a few extra bucks and you can buy food from Salt Lick, Amy's Ice Cream and Phil's Ice House.
Kristi Willis is holding a ticket giveaway for folks who don't want to pony up the dough to attend the grand opening.
UPDATE: the attached flyer erroneously says Nov 4 when they meant Dec 4.
Curious about the agave plantations of Mexico? Wondering about rural burros uncanny genetic gps systems? Then the University of Texas is throwing a party with your name on it.
Lucinda Hutson, author Of ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures is hosting an event Wednesday December 4th at Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall (SRH) 1.108 on UT's campus.
After a vigorous discussion of our beloved southern neighbor's tequila industry there will be a tequila tasting provided by Dulce Vida Tequila!
The party will be further fueled by dj t-kay of KOOP 91.7 fm's "Hip Hop Hooray"
Cartography, tequila, live dj...this shindig has Scrumptious Chef written all over it.
Hope to see y'all out.
One of the best parts of planning our pop up restaurants is the research conducted during the run-up to the event. After spending a month reading historical biographies of some of our favorite Texans, and their favorite foods/recipes--one thing became clear; we had to narrow down the field or we were going to have a 30 course meal.
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