Monday, April 20, 2015

Podcast: Margarito Maldonado of Los Pinos

  This week’s Podcast features Los Pinos owner and chef Margarito Maldonado. Maldonado has combined his training cooking under Jack Gillmore at Z’Tejas and Michael Vilim at Mirabelle. You don’t find many Mexican chefs with this  Continue Reading »

Podcast: John Thompson of Stinson’s

  This week’s podcast guest is John Thomspon, who along with his wife owns and operates two charmiing bistros: one at 45th and Burnet called Stinson’s Rosedale, and the other on Lake Austin Blvd. called Stinson’s Deep Eddy Grill  Continue Reading »

The Dog and Duck to Close on October 31st: Plans to Reopen in February at Webberville and E. 7th

Susan ForresterThe Dog and Duck Pub, one of Austin’s most popular and iconic “joints” at 17th and Guadalupe will close its doors on October 31st. Proprietor Susan Forrester and her staff had seen this coming, but didn’t expect it till the end  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Amir Hajimaleki of District

This week’s Podcast shows what can happen when a guy born in Iran and educated at an Austin Culinary School opens a New American restaurant at Slaughter and Escarpment. Amir, just 29 years-old, started at Freda’s Seafood grill at the tender  Continue Reading »

Podcast: James Sun of Cedro

  This week’s Podcast features James Sun, founder and proprietor of Cedro at Lakeline Mall adjacent to the Alamo Drafthouse. James hails from Shanghai, and attended Hotel/Restaurant school in Switzerland. He later finished up at the prestigious  Continue Reading »

Rating the Vodka at Zed’s Recent Vodka Fest

Along with Chef Adrian’s snacks, one thing I really enjoyed about the recent Vodka Fest at Zed’s in Tech Ridge Center was seeing the preponderance of attractive Austin women happily sipping their vodkas. The marketers are not wrong: women  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Ronald Cheng

  Ronald Cheng has made perhaps the most significant impact on Chinese cuisine than anyone in central Texas. His amazing first restaurant, Chinatown on Bee Caves in Westlake which opened over 30 years ago, blew me away with its creative approach  Continue Reading »

Our Favorite Cajun Dining Spots Around Austin

Most people I talk to about Cajun cuisine, particularly those from Louisiana, have very strong feelings about all the various dishes and recipes that make up the bulk of what one sees on menus in Austin area restaurants. Some prefer a dark roux, others  Continue Reading »

Tough Sledding Around Austin for Many High End Restaurants

Restaurants come and go with some rapidity in Austin. Everyone acknowledges that it’s a tough business. But no place is it tougher than in the higher end of fine dining restaurants. The recent closing of Kenichi got me to thinking about how many  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Chef Ben Nathan of Café Blue

  This week’s Podcast features Chef Ben Nathan, Executive Chef of Cafe Blué at the Galleria. He also opened the Belmont, taught at the local culinary school, and worked at several fine dining restaurants in Boston, which is his original home.  Continue Reading »