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Playing With Your Food (and Your Mom Would Approve): Shabu Hot Pot & Noodle Bar

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This tale begins with a trip with my spouse into north Austin to buy a bicycle. Although the story has roots further back, for me…

A spring sale at Performance Bicycles had my wife looking to buy her dream bike for well less than list. Their closest outlet […]

A Quick Trip to Agra, Without Leaving Home

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Recently my father-in-law was in town on a mission to single-handedly rescue the central Texas economy doing a little window-shopping and foraging. Since he’s retired now he can do pretty much as he pleases so long as it’s at the explicit direction of his wife. He’s been […]

Garden Update, Part 4: Mild and Sweet Peppers

On to the sweets of the pepper patch! Although there are more zesty plants in the garden and pots this year, the milder variants have a good portion of the space. A couple have just the slightest tingle, while the rest have no apparent heat at all.

It’s likely that the sweet Bell pepper is the […]

Eating Peppers is Good for You, Maybe: News on Parkinson’s Disease

The Elves here at the Chile Underground have ben espousing increased consumption of peppers of all types for years now. (They’ve also been espousing massive consumption of beer and meat-on-a-stick, but that’s for another article.) Now there’s scientific evidence that their push to get everyone to eat chiles is well-founded. Actually, it’s not their push […]

Garden Update, Part 3: Lots & Lots O’ Hots, O My!

The only way the Elves here at the Underground can justify their use of the word “Chile” in their website’s name is to be sure to have plenty of peppers planted and thriving by this time of the year. Fortunately, they’re cultivating a grand spread of capsicum, hot and mild. (They grumbled quite a bit […]

Garden Update, Part 2: Determinate Tomatoes

The tomato plants are set in two areas of the garden. The main section has three rows, with a fourth row set across the patch from the rest. This is an experiment I’m running, involving root protection from heat. In any case, it means I’ve got tomatoes scattered pretty much all over the place.

Some […]

Garden Update, Part 1: Indeterminate Tomatoes

The garden’s doing famously now, with spring finally deigning to make an appearance. Most folks (including me) had to replant most or all of their gardens this season, some unlucky souls (like my brother) doing so twice. So we’ll be late with the produce, though it appears that there will still be plenty to go […]

Chang Thai, Our Family’s New Favorite

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My daughter continues to surprise me with her food interests. Recently (meaning, since she’s gone away to school) she’s learned to enjoy Pad Thai. She came home one weekend and said she wanted to find a Thai place nearby that could feed her need; did I know […]