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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Where Will You Sup Tomorrow?

The Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up happens tomorrow, October 1. Restaurants around the state will feature Texas-grown products on their menus, and many will donate proceeds to food banks in honor of the event. Ag Commissioner Todd Staples plans to dine at Trio, in Austin, where a special menu will pair Texas food with Texas wines.
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New Saint Arnold Divine Reserve Released

Last Tuesday, the Saint Arnold Brewing Company released their Divine Reserve #7 in Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and San Antonio, but many shops have already run out. Release was delayed in Saint Arnold’s hometown of Houston due to Hurricane Ike, though, which means you may still be able to get some of this limited-quantity Texas craft [...]

Downtown Market Tomorrow: Special Parking and an Early Start

With ACL Fest and the Arkansas game converging in Austin this weekend, the folks at the Sustainable Food Center are helping market-goers and farmers connect in two additional ways this weekend: 1) The Austin Farmers’ Market downtown will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow (instead of 9, as usual) and still continue until 1 p.m.  2) [...]

ChiliFest at Sunset Valley This Weekend

“Big Jim” and “Sandia” Hatch chilies, mild and spicy respectively, are preparing to roast at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market in the Austin area this coming Saturday from 9 to 1. Local roaster Craig Barton will have his mobile roaster on hand to cook ‘em while you watch. Look for all the other varieties we [...]

Texas Eats: Water

Want Texas water? Turn on the tap. Or purchase one of a handful of brands of bottled water that are registered “Go Texan” by the state Department of Agriculture. Why drink Texas water? Because it’s free and safe, if you’re drinking what comes out of the tap. Drinking-water quality is regulated federally and by the [...]

A Record-Breaking Saturday Market Downtown

Nice work, y’all! More than 2,000 people attended the downtown Austin farmers’ market this past Saturday, and they spent nearly $25,000 — a record for the market, and a boon to farmers struggling to recoup what they lost when the market was cancelled, courtesy of Hurricane Ike. At the San Miguel Seafood stand, passersby were [...]

Ike’s Aftershocks

Here in Austin, we didn’t receive any direct damage from Hurricane Ike, but the storm’s cost to many local farmers was steep. Due to the cancellation of the downtown farmers’ market on Saturday, some $15,000 was lost. Twenty farmers would have brought their goods to sell that morning, and some of them would have made [...]

Get ‘Em While You Can: Lamme’s Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

For three days only, today through Saturday, Austin-born Lamme’s Candies is offering up their famous chocolate-covered strawberries. Visit one of their six locations in Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos before they run out!

Texas Eats: Rosemary

If you’ve always lived in Texas, you may not realize how very lucky we are: Not everyone can grow rosemary year-round, but here in Texas, we can. Rosemary originally hails from the Mediterranean region, so it’s adapted to thrive even in poor soils and with little water — just not significant freezes. It’s long been [...]

‘Tis the Season: Roscar Pumpkin Bonbons

These cool temperatures make me want to curl up with the LLBean catalog and drink hot cocoa. And eat pumpkin. I love it in cookies, bread, ravioli – and Roscar Chocolates’s seasonal jack-o-lantern candies. This guy is made from a ganache of white chocolate, pumpkin, and spices enrobed in dark chocolate. The husband brought me [...]