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LongHorn Steakhouse Round Rock: A New Family Favorite

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

A year ago the Clan celebrated at the LongHorn Steakhouse in New Braunfels. (I wrote about that event here.) At that time, there were very few Longhorn steakhouses in Texas. It’s only been one short year, and now there are Longhorn steakhouses in the Austin area. One […]

Recovery’s Under Way, Sorta; Time to Write?

Today’s not too bad. For a Monday. I’m even reading a good book about becoming a master storyteller: The Anatomy of Story by John Truby. Shoot, after the last week (or more), I’m feeling good enough to consider solid foods again. And after due consideration, I’m having steak. That’s solid, yes? Oh, and I […]

The New St. Valentine's Day Masacree (or How White's Rule Got Revised): LongHorn Steakhouse Review

White’s Rule (Original Version): Don’t eat at a new restaurant until the novelty wears off.

I had good reasons for that rule. Brand-new places seldom have their kitchen working optimally, their wait staff are learning how to work as a team, and more. So it’s hard to get a real read on the quality and […]

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 […]

Pause While You're Having Fun and Remember...

Independence Day, 2010. Has a nice ring to it! Over 230 years of liberty, and (hopefully) many more to come. We don’t know what you have planned, but the Chile Underground isn’t doing a bit celebration this year. So much else going on in our lives that we’ll take a pause that refreshes. Oh, we […]

Hot Hot Hot Fourth!

Yessir, folks, it was hot… (How hot was it?)

The cows and goats were taking turns waterboarding each other.

The chickens were laying hard-boiled eggs.

We discovered that asphalt has a liquid state.

The trees were whistling for the dogs.

All the water spigots were giving boiling water.
We had to put sunscreen on the front porch.

We cooked our steaks […]

Adare in the Mist, and a Well-Deserved Day Off

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

You know you’re going at it too hard when you have to take a day off from your vacation to rest up. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to spend another fourteen hour day overloading our brains with more lovely memories of Ireland! We needed to […]

An Appreciation of Boo, the Fetchingest Lab Ever

I lost a playmate today, after a fashion. The resident Black Lab at the Ranch, Boo, lost sight in her remaining good eye over the last two days. She’d been blind in one eye for a year or so. Uncontrollable glaucoma, according to the vet. She’s almost ten, as near as I can figure. It’s […]