Browsing category: Food & Wine

Small Plates are a Big Deal

Part of the pure-dee fun of writing this blog is scoping out restaurants so I can tell you about them.  Add to that the fact that some Austin restaurants have attained national fame, and I'm double-down for trying a new spot. One of our most in-the-know friends has subscribed to Bon Appetit magazine for years. Mention a spice or a restaurant and she joins the conversation with, "Oh, yes, I read about that in Bon (in her decidedly French nasal tone) Appetit (with a beautiful drawl and a lilting emphasis on the last syllable -

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Friday Lunch on Congress Avenue

Have I told you how much I love Congress Avenue? There's just a certain something special about it.  Here it lies in the capital of Texas, not at all hustle-bustle or in a hurry.  Nope - it's laid back. In fact, if you just say it kinda s-l-o-w, stretching out the syllables, enunciating with a d-r-a-w-l, letting the two words drip off the tongue like honey, until they sort of become one - then you'll get the feel -- the feel of Con-gressss-A-ven-oooo - Texas' most influential address. I had only seen the Capitol Building twice

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Two known facts:  1)Boys like to eat.  2)Fried chicken makes boys very happy. We've eaten at lots of great Austin restaurants, but until Keagon came home begging and pleading for fried chicken, Gus's wasn't on our list.  I mean, yes, I love fried chicken, too.  I just usually think of getting a bucket for a picnic.  Or frying up a bunch in my mom's electric skillet for a Farmer Family Function.  That's on Sunday, though.  This was a weeknight.  Ain't no way I was going to fry chicken on a weeknight. But when the boy is home, and

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Love the Ones You’re With – A Day Trip to Brenham

If you're down and confused...And you don't remember who you're talking to...Concentration slips away...Because your baby is so far away... -Stephen Stills (1970) OverFiftyers have a lot more in common than our love for '70s music and platform shoes.  One big thing is this:  The kids don't live at home anymore.  If we're lucky, we might have one that comes home from college in the summer.  Lots of us are blessed to live in the same town with our kids, but if not...we make plans to see them whenever, wherever and however

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Nautical and Nice – Clark’s Clam Chowder



If you are among the many who travel to Austin for conventions and conferences, don't make the mistake of eating at the same places every time you come.  And just because you don't like oysters, don't make the mistake of missing out on Clark's Oyster Bar. I really like a restaurant that has a distinct personality.  You know - the kind that has carved out a niche in the competitive market, and then sits back, calm, cool and consistently collected, just serving great food and providing uniquely-styled fantastic

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Sniff, Sniff – Wake Up! It’s National Coffee Day

"Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it's hard to go back to sleep."  - Fran Drescher Isn't that the truth?  Does anything wake you up better than the smell of coffee brewing in the morning?  Coffee smells cozy.  It smells inviting.  It smells homey.  It whispers from the aroma-cloud hovering over your pillow, "Wake, oh gorgeous thing.  The day has dawned."  (or something like that)  Mmmmm.  I love coffee. When we moved to Austin, our son became a coffee snob.   Granted, he was a part-time barista after school and on the

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All “Fixe”-d Up – A Review of Austin’s Southern House

I don't know for sure why, but I was once a magazine hoarder. For years, I subscribed to the monthly manual no self-respecting lover of banana pudding could live without - Southern Living.  The recipes and articles were the topic of long cordless-telephone conversations with girlfriends, and all the best baby shower recipes were straight out of Southern Living.  Absolutely no coffee table sat in any living room without a small stack of them, perfectly fanned out, as if to be easily picked up and read while sitting in your

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Let’s Go to Luckenbach, Texas

If people ask what's my best idea for a day trip, I'll tell them to go to Luckenbach, Texas.  This was the best one-day excursion we've done since moving to Austin. Since we went to Luckenbach, I've mentioned it to many people.  Many people who've lived in Austin way longer than we have.  People who even graduated from the University of Texas and never left.  And guess what? Many of them have never been to Luckenbach, Texas.  Not with Waylon.  Not with Willie.  Not with the boys. Take it from your friendly intentional

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Royal Blue Grocery and a Tribute to My Favorite Grocery Man

My Granddaddy was a grocery man.  He wore a big smile and a white butcher's apron every day for years and years.  He was never rich, but he was always happy.  He worked six days a week, smoked a pipe, ate two Oreos every night, and watched As the World Turns on his lunch hour with my Grandmommy.  He was the same man in church on Sunday and at work on Thursday.  Oh, what a fine man he was. It's Grandparents Day, and I'm thinking about my Granddaddy. If my grocery man granddad were alive and could visit me in Austin today, Royal

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There’s No Coffee in the Bible, but There’s Plenty of It at Church (Announcing my First Giveaway!)

I Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." There's no coffee in the Bible. Besides water and wine, I have no idea what the women served their guests to drink.  But I do know this: While coffee is nowhere to be found in the Bible, there's plenty of it at church. I don't know what it is about coffee at church, but I think I listen better when I have a cup in my hand.  I really do. Like Beth Moore, I dearly love the rustling sound of Bible pages turning, while

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