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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 […]

Friday Follies: Fast Food War in Japan? I Want What They’ve Got…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Oh, those fun-loving and fast-food-chomping Japanese; they do everything in such a big way! For example, there’s been a “fast food war” on in Japan for at least a couple of years now. First, it was chicken in the crosshairs. In 2010, KFC and McDonald’s started […]

Wasabi, The Green Taste You Crave (Or You Should)

Wasabia japonica is an amazing root. I have no clue how the Japanese figured out you could actually eat the stuff. I suppose some starving peasant was digging around looking for something, anything, edible, and wasabi was what he brought home to the wife. No word on whether he recovered fully from the beating, but […]

Friday Follies: World's Strangest National Dishes

As Featured in travel.webshots.com (Amy Leung)

If you can identify the “National Dish” shown above, then you’re a better man than I am. Or at the very least, weirder.

It’s a material called milt. Not MILK. The polite name is shirako. Think caviar, only the male portion. Or for those of you from the […]

How Grand is the Grand Buffet in Seguin? Let Me Tell You...

(Note: Before the flamers get a chance at this note, I want to remind everybody that this review is about a buffet place. It’s not fine dining, and even the owners don’t claim it as such. So temper your expectations, and try to read this review as a comparison to other buffet restaurants. Trust […]

North Texas Heat, and Chinese Buffet; a Great Start to the Month

I’m visiting a conference in Denton, TX, on campus at the University of North Texas. It’s a nice campus, but it’s hard to tell these days; it’s so hot up here you can’t really get out and tour the facilities for any length of time! It was 107 in the shade today, and the […]

I Hope Your Memorial Weekend is Going Swell...

The answers to your questions are, in order: Yes; No; Maybe. Yes, we’re making progress on getting the house ready. No, we’re not done. (Not even close.) Maybe we’ll make our deadline. (Maybe not.) PJ’s thinking about installing wood flooring in my previous office, where the carpet took fourteen year’s worth of abuse. Oh […]

First Day in DC: Asian Spice and Chemists

Sunday afternoon I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet up with my summer research students. They are presenting a poster at the American Chemical Society’s Fall Meeting, covering their fifteen months of undergraduate research efforts at their school, Texas Lutheran University. I get to go along and snicker make snide comments assist in my […]