It took until the week of Thanksgiving, but it finally got cold. Quite cold in fact. This weekend, we got down into the 30’s. So what does that mean for the play gourmets? Time to play outside and enjoy the weather change! (ok, that is not any different than a weekend with warm weather.) But …

In pursuit of our next food adventure, we stumbled on a gem. Once a year, a German town not too far from Austin, named New Braunfels, holds a huge German festival called Wurstfest. It is a 10 day festival of food, music, dancing, and beer. It was not complete happenstance that we found this festival …

Ooo, I love the food in New Orleans. Check out this list of all stars that New Orleans claims: Grilled Oysters, Jambalaya, Boudin Sausage, Gumbo, Crawfish Étouffée and of course Beignets. Every one of these is worth a separate post, and I think it would be a good goal of mine to knock off each of …

Kazmira and I have always loved Halloween. Now with a little Play Gourmet to share it with, it is even better. Last year he wasn’t quite one, but LOVED to hand out the candy and see all of the costumed visitors. This year he is an eager participant, and it will be great for sure! …

It is about time that I share a little more depth on the subject of sous-vide. In a couple of other posts of mine, I glossed over the fact that I prepared things by the method of sous-vide. Now I am happy to demonstrate what this method is, and why it is so cool. First …

This weeks adventures take us to NYC. And I am happy to share with the blogosphere my favorite spot in the city. Eataly. Eataly is a world wide chain of Italian themed grocery stores. But the one in NY is special because it is part owned by Eataly and part owned by super chef Mario …

People are the same everywhere. I didn’t always see this. It is easy to not identify with other people in which you seemingly have nothing in common. It is easy to disassociate yourself or your feelings with a large group of people that are a world away or live in wildly different circumstances. For example, if …

This weekend we stayed local and participated in the rich culture of food trucks that Austin, TX has to offer. Lots of places have good food trucks, but since the 90’s, the food truck culture has taken off. Now there is an estimated 1500 food trucks in this city. On Saturday, we discovered a truck …

There is no question why I love food. My mom loved to cook, and my dad loved to eat. From a very young age, I was taught by my mom to experiment in the kitchen and to appreciate food (and by experiment, I mean ruin lots of perfectly good ingredients). As I got older I learned how …

Remember when everyone hated brussels sprouts? It was the punchline to all “eat your vegetable” jokes and the punishment kids would face if they didn’t shape up. What happened?!? Now you don’t take a restaurant seriously if they are not on the menu. They are even in the appetizer section. Move over calamari and loaded …