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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 […]

Chang Thai, Our Family’s New Favorite

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

My daughter continues to surprise me with her food interests. Recently (meaning, since she’s gone away to school) she’s learned to enjoy Pad Thai. She came home one weekend and said she wanted to find a Thai place nearby that could feed her need; did I know […]

Karrrazy, Man: Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir Fry

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This restaurant is still open, though its sibling in south Round Rock has unexpectedly closed.

In our busy lives, PJ and I are always looking for fast, tasty lunch options. Preferably something not too far from either her work or the house. There’s this restaurant space near a […]

I Bet You Never Said, “Oh Boy, Soy!” That Could Change…

No, this isn’t “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Soy (But Were Afraid to Eat).” There are some things about soy you should know, though, even if you always avoid it. (Or think you do.) We’re not simply talking nutrition, either.

What sort of foods use soy from the soybean? There’s the ever-popular tofu, of […]

How ‘Bout Asian Fish Tomorrow?

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The second issue of my new subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine arrived. (Thanks again, Deniz!) There’s a dish in there you simply must try if you love salmon: Wasabi Salmon with Bok Choy, Green Cabbage and Shiitakes. You can get the whole recipe from the link, […]

And You Thought They Were Just for Takeout…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

You get Chinese takeout from Paulie’s Fine Sushi and Bait Shop. You remember to get an extra set of chopsticks, one for you and one for the drawer; for later, right? When you make a stir-fry you’ve got extra chopsticks that way. In any case, you […]

There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Once upon a time, college kids did crazy things. Like stuffing phone booths. Or seeing how many frat rats could fit in a Volkswagen Beetle. (Or moving said Beetle into odd places, if it happened to belong to the new assistant prof of English; but […]

The Devil's Own Chicken, as Hot as Your Conscience Can Stand

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

All I can say about this recipe is, the devil made me do it. And eat it too!

There are many versions of this dish, with names from Chicken Diablo to Pollo del Diavolo and more. Each one lays claim to the “original” title, of course, […]