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Z’Tejas, a Wonderful Place for Brunch and Clan Revelry

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So much going on these days! That means it’s time to celebrate, of course. We officially kicked off the merry-making with a Sunday Brunch at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill; the one on the hill, not the original location (on 6th Street downtown), nor the newest central Texas place […]

Two Cookbooks for Christmas: A First Look

Because of varied and incompatible schedules the Elves of the Underground held an early gift exchange (by invitation only; sorry if yours got lost in the Christmas mail rush) for select portions of the Clan. I was the winner (of course), as I got a couple of very fine cookbooks from Deniz, Paula Jo’s […]

From New Pho to Old: Lunch at a (Nearly) Forgotten Friend, Tan My

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One really shouldn’t forget friends, but as life takes you in new directions you sometimes leave some behind. It’s not often a malicious or mindful loss, just one you don’t notice as it happens. The usual excuses apply: We moved, our careers pushed us into different […]

The Great Pho Quest Continues: Pho Thaison in Allandale

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It’s not often anymore that my wife and I are both out-and-about at lunchtime. Not like in the olden days. (Cue nostalgic music. Okay, that’s enough.) It happened yesterday, though, and we took full advantage of it. Our mutual timing was off, so I got in […]

A Taste of Jalisco in North Austin

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Deep in Mexico, about halfway between Acapulco and Mazatlan, lies a famous city: Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco. Populous, compact and relatively well laid-out, this city boasts proud-spirited citizens and great food. The state of Jalisco is known for famous seafood and great […]

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

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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 […]

The Underground Visits Ethiopia for Dinner (and Has a Wonderful Time)

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Addis Ababa is 8,000 miles away, and yet I can get a taste of Ethiopian culture without traveling more than a mile from my house. That’s about how far it is to Taste of Ethiopia, a small bit of east Africa right in my own back […]

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 […]