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Late-Lunch Steaks at the Blue Oak Grill

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This restaurant has closed.

Not too long back I found myself in a part of town I hadn’t visited in a couple of years. I had a half hour to kill, so I drove around the area to see what all had changed, and maybe what had […]

It’s Way Too Cold Here in Texas

How cold is it here? It’s so cold:

Starbucks is serving coffee on a stick.
We’ve taken everything out of the freezer so we’ll have someplace warm to sleep tonight.
Our three cats and Sonia the Red Golden are hitchhiking south for the winter.
The power companies are sending letters of condolence with their bills.
Opticians are giving away […]

Friday Night in the French Quarter: Deanie's Seafood

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

With the conference well and truly done, and a long road trip home planned for early the next morning, it was high time we all went out and let it all hang out. (Well, not Everything, of course.) We’d been spending some time in […]

Businessman's Lunch in New Orleans: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

By Thursday the conference grind was beginning to grind on us a bit. I had just the pick-me-up in mind for lunch, though: A visit to Gordon Biersch, a brew pub and restaurant conveniently located across the street from the Hilton where the talks […]

Down Home Cookin' in the French Quarter

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

Our first night in New Orleans, and we chose to see the French Quarter right away. Can you believe it? (I don’t count the previous evening, as we’d just arrived and were too tired to pub crawl explore properly.) It was a cool, dry […]

Fish 4 Friday: Chipotle Shrimp Recipe and More

I noticed a nice recipe on the website of a new friend of mine, Carla Meine, a lady who lives in Salt Lake City. She operates the site “ICCK,” or Ideal Cooking in Carla’s Kitchen. She always has recipes, and often good photos or videos of her cooking. Because the recipe involves shrimp, I […]

Monday Mildies: Braised Pork Chops

Grilling isn’t the only way to prepare tasty pork chops. It may be the oldest, and I would argue grilling gives the best flavor. However, sometimes you don’t have a grill handy. Or it’s busted. (Send immediately for help, of course.) Or you live where the environmental regulations won’t let you grill. Whatever the […]

Fish 4 Friday: Grill-Seared Fish With Cucumber Slaw, Just for the Halibut

Hurricane Alex made landfall overnight, and we got some rain. Much-needed rain, and we’re grateful. We’re also grateful that our rain chances are going down for the weekend. It’s the Fourth of July, of course! (The third most important holiday for many Texans, after the Battle of the Alamo and Texas Independence.) And what does […]