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Heavenly Beef and Guinness Pie

Cool weather is here, and though it wasn’t a typical Texas scorcher this past summer, I’m ready for the comfort foods of autumn. (How hot was it last summer? I hear it made the Jehovah’s Witnesses take up telemarketing.) One of those foods is pot pie, and the pot pie’s close cousin, the pasty.

I recently […]

The Venerable Hamburger In the News: Moving Beyond Simple Fast Food

Since its “invention” the lowly hamburger has grown to be perhaps the most popular sandwich on the globe. Okay, so maybe the burger didn’t get invented so much as it evolved with the times. In any case, there’s still a bit of a controversy over who invented this tasty sandwich (and when). Does it really […]

Hey Ma! Fire Up the Fryer, It’s National Fried Chicken Day!

Looking for a dish that’s truly American? Fried chicken is the eggsact best choice. Why is today National Fried Chicken Day? Well, it IS Fry-day after all..

The Elves here at the Underground have been working around the cluck to find the best recipes for fried chicken. Well, that’s what they told me they were doing, […]

Happy Birthday! The Oreo Cookie Turns 100

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it: The Oreo cookie is now a hundred years old! Shoot, I barely remember the day it was first sold. (Memory’s hard to retain at my age.) I think I have some of the originals stashed around here, somewhere. Although I’ve […]

What Do Glazed Donuts, Lebron James and Tasty Pork Have in Common?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

If you already knew that the answer is Dunkin’ Donuts, then a) you’re extremely well-informed, b) almost as good-looking as the Underground’s Chief Elf, and c) you need to get a life. Really.

Dunkin’ Donuts? Yes, THAT Dunkin’. The one that sells more coffee than Starbucks. They’re […]

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

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

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 […]

Are You Joining the Artisanal Ketchup Revolution?

Ketchup. That red glop that kids use to hide the taste of everything from broccoli to bananas. It’s somehow seen as quintessentially American, although we didn’t invent it. It’s not even the top-selling topping in the States; mayonnaise and salsa both sell better. And until recently, it’s not been seen as a target for […]

Florida, Day 3 (Part Deux): The Winding Road to Orlando and Supper at Emeril’s

By mid-afternoon on Monday we were tooling down the road, St. Pete in the rearview mirror and plenty of great memories bouncing around in our heads. We had Big Plans for Tuesday, at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. First, though, we had to run the gauntlet. There are several air museums near the direct […]