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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 […]

I Guess I Need to Change My Cat’s Name…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Animals. Pets. We don’t always give them enough credit. They’re smarter than we might realize. Provided they have the right name…

A woman, Amy Jung, was recently saved by a cat she adopted. The woman is diabetic. Although she originally visited the shelter with no intention of […]

Pho Lee Vietnamese, It’s Total-Lee Pho (and Very Good)

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I always have my eyes open for new pho places. Recently, a pizza place went out of business in a shopping area I frequent, and right away I noticed a sign that promised an opportunity: Pho Lee Vietnamese Restaurant would be taking over the space. White […]

Cilantro: Love It or Hate It? There’s a Reason, You See…

Coriander. Chinese Parsley. Cilantro. Yan Shi. Whatever you know it by, this herb is widely used in many cuisines. Some folks love it, some hate it…

Growing up in central Texas, I was a teenager before I realized there was such a thing as “Tex-Mex” or Mexican foods. It was part of the standard meal […]

Does Kung Fu Buffet Lives Up to Its Name? My Sample Says…

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Most of us have an image of what Kung Fu means. Unfortunately, in the States it usually comes from things like the TV show, or Bruce Lee movies, or maybe kids breaking things with their feet and hands. Yes, martial arts is the top response that […]

I Didn’t Know Sichuan, China Included Round Rock

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I often eat lunch at home, but every now and again I find myself “out and about” running errands and such just about the time the alarm goes off. The one in my middle, I mean. Years of working in the chemical industry taught me to […]

Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Eating the local cuisine is one of the great perks for globe-trotting athletes. Except in the instance of this year’s FINA World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. It seems that, because of instances where 2008 Summer Olympics athletes were sanctioned after eating locally-produced pork, this year’s […]

You Think You’re a Locavore? Try Living This Way…

These days it’s popular, at least in certain circles, to say you’re a locavore. I’m okay with the idea. Shoot, I enjoy fresh produce and locally grown (or hunted) meats as much as anyone. I never thought that I was participating in social activism when I shopped the farmers markets in my area, or […]