Don’t let me boar you

Last weekend marked Beth’s and my 15th wedding anniversary.  So, we decided to go off and have some fun.   This time that meant we visited Austin, TX.  I lived there for 20 years and like visiting the town again.  I haven’t lived there in 20 years, and I don’t think I’d want to live there now.  It’s not the same city – its grown too big with all that means..  Still, there’s a lot to love in Austin.  One thing we love is Antonelli’s Cheese Shop.  If you love cheese, sausage, breads, chocolate, wines, beers, olive oils and other exquisite foods, you should visit Antonelli’s if you’re in the area.  (Scardello’s in Dallas also gets my praise, and money.)

As we were looking at Antonelli’s meats I saw a prosciutto.  It was stunningly 5beautiful.  The meat was translucent, and somehow glowed with its own inner light.  They wanted $40 per half pound.  I laughed and looked at some of the salume.  But my eyes kept going back to the prosciutto.

Then I noticed a sign in front of it that said the prosciutto was La Quercia’s  Acorn Edition.  A prosciutto made from Berkshire hogs that had been fed on 60% acorns.  Oh. Wow. Continue reading

Franklin BarBeQue, Austin, TX June 17, 2012

Forward:  In a web design class I am being taught that a post shouldn’t be more than 200 to 250 words.  This is going to be longer.  A LOT longer.  If you don’t like reading, that’s OK.  Don’t.  But please don’t bore me with complaints about how long this is.  You can’t compress something like this.  Not really.  If you just want to cut to the chase, scroll down to the line that starts, “So, how was the barbeque?”  Anyway, here goes.  My American pilgrimage…. Continue reading

Brews Cruise

It’s hard to say why, but both Beth and I have been ready for some down time.  That led us to drive from Dallas through some of the Texas wine country and then to Austin.  We’ve been stopping at wineries, breweries, cheese makers and other fun places.  We’ll probably share more stories in days to come.

After 2 days of wine, it was time for a change of pace.  Which is to say beer and barbeque. For the barbeque part, I went to Franklin BBQ in Austin.  I wrote that up in another post. And then it was time for beer.  So,  right now, we’re sitting in the Draught House, an Austin tradition.  It was here when I first went to school here many years ago, but for some reason I just never made it there. Continue reading

A Visit to Jamaica Gates

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m a Pepper Belly!  (Hi Mike!)  I love spicy foods, or as the old movie title has it, “Some Like It Hot”.

How hot?  As I am typing this, I’m enjoying a breakfast of two slices of Wrights black pepper bacon and a home made bagel (you can find the recipe at our sister site, covered with a habanero cream cheese (the recipe is here).  I love Paul Prudhomme’s cookbooks.  I subscribed to Chilli Pepper magazine for a good while.  My chili rarely wins prizes at our contests at work because things like the Hawaiian Pineapple Chili catch the judges eyes and mine is, well, too hot.  I’d rather not win, or get third place like I did this year, than make something like Hawaiian Pineapple Chili.  (If my coworkers stumble on this page, I’m sure it was a fine specimen of Hawaiian Pineapple Chili, and my lack of appreciation reflects far more on me than on the chili.) Continue reading

Chouffle Off To Belgium

We’ve really been negligent. We haven’t gotten the word out.

A tiny LaChouffe troll checks out a glass of Houblon Chouffe

A tiny LaChouffe troll checks out a glass of Houblon Chouffe

But, it’s not like you haven’t heard. At least, not if you’re in Dallas and you have a pulse. It’s gotten a LOT of buzz. And for once, it’s deserved.

All of which is to say, we’ve become irregular regulars at the Meddlesome Moth. It could well be our favorite restaurant and watering hole. 40 beers on tap is a start. Moreover, they proudly declare, “If you’ve seen an ad for a beer, the chances are pretty good we don’t have it.” The beers are eclectic and excellent.

The layout and decor is off-beat, slightly funky and it really makes a statement. Continue reading