It’s been about a month since we returned from Poland. I was sort of freaking out before we left. As usual, I over committed myself and then couldn’t fathom adding an overseas trip to the mix. It actually turned into a relaxing vacation, though, giving me some much needed distance from e-mail and the internet. We generally ate sausages and pierogies, drank beer, and had a relaxing time.
Due to jet lag, we woke up around 5:30am and saw the sunrise over the pier in Sopot.
The charming buildings in Gdansk reminded me of Belgium and Easter eggs.
The Gdansk shipyards are where it all went down.
We went on a lovely hike through the forest, and I learned why the Poles are such mycophiles.
Gdynia gives you a taste of workaday Poland.
They weren’t joking when they said the blocks in Warsaw are long
Old timey Warsaw is still preserved, or should I say rebuilt, in a small section of town
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You never know what the internet will like. Sometimes the pieces closest to your heart don’t get much traction. I used to go to this Shrimp Lot in Westwego all the time when I lived in New Orleans. We’d go with open minds ready to cook whatever looked fresh. Shrimp of all sizes is always there, but sometimes we’d get a nice yellow tail snapper for the grill or a sack of 300 oysters for $25. Quality Seafood here in Austin really doesn’t cut it if you’ve gotten used to this…
I got to interview Wayne Hebert, a vendor at the Shrimp Lot, for a post on Serious Eats. Check it out!
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I’m excited to announce that one of my essays is in the latest (Fall 2013) issue of Gastronomica. The words just flowed after one particularly unsuccessful foray. I’ve known plenty of eccentric people, including my own relatives, but known of them top the kooky characters I’ve met on mushroom hunts. You can read my essay “The Thrill of the Hunt” in the magazine or download the PDF on my website. My photos are in it too!… Read the rest
You might know that I got married in New Orleans this summer, so I made several trips there this year. Besides ordering cakes and flowers, I also squeezed in a story. Did you know there are several Vietnamese-American communities along the Gulf Coast? My story on the Modern Farmer website profiles VEGGI Farmer’s Cooperative, a group of urban farmers in New Orleans East community og Village de L’Est who are finding strength in numbers to make growing food more viable. Check it out!… Read the rest
See! I have been doing work. Just not on this blog. Here’s a few links to what I’ve recently written in print and around the web. As always, you can check out my best clips on my writer’s website.
After I got back from my wedding, I furiously finished (with Layne Lynch) this Food Lover’s Guide to Austin for Austin Monthly. I also keep writing for Serious Eats. My absolute favorite piece for the site recounted my journey to Vera’s Backyard Barbecue in Brownsville, TX. It had been a dream of mine to go there ever since I learned about it last year, and I drove there shortly after my wedding. Check it.
I wrote a piece about grilling vegetables for the summer issue of Edible Austin. It was thrilled to see the PDF proof with gorgeous photos of my recipes by Jody Horton! I also contributed to the fall issue of the magazine. Pick up a copy and check out my profile of the Kaners, the owners of Pieous.
I also tracked down 7 spots in Austin to get paletas and popsicles for the Austin American-Statesman. Some of the owners even contributed their recipes.… Read the rest