by Andrew Chalk
Texans know that San Antonio is the place in Texas where we go to play. However, while it has a firm hold on the family market, what with Sea World, Six Flags and the River Walk, Texans with gourmet pretensions have traditionally gone out of state to regional favorites like Santa Fe or New Orleans, or further afield to San Francisco or New York.
Could I, I challenged myself, construct a gourmet tour of San Antonio that while not, for example, having the same ethnic weighting as in the Creole and Cajun influences in New Orleans, or the same Sonoran desert sensibilities as Santa Fe, nonetheless stand up to those heavyweights in its own unique way? Turns out, it was a piece of cake.
I am defining ‘gourmet’ broadly as an ideal reflecting the finest in food and drink. So it may not be a meal, but rather a visit to a winery, market, brewery or distillery, for example. I am also assuming access to a car, so that you take advantage of San Antonio’s location at the foot of the Texas Hill Country. Continue reading
Meet Joy, a cute 5-year old, 21 pound Terrier mix. She has a tan and dark brown coat with white around her face and paws. Her name is perfect for her because she is a joy to be with. Her best feature is her smile – she’s a happy dog, and you can see it in her wagging tail and great big smile. Joy is also good at walking on the leash, which is another thing that makes her so happy — you can see it in the way she prances while you are walking her. She loves to be outside, running and playing. Her previous owners surrendered her to SPCA of Texas on October 23 because their health declined and they weren’t able to take care of her any longer.
Joy would prefer a home with no children under the age of 7 because they make her a little nervous. Her previous owners trained her to live inside so she is house and crate trained, but after being in the shelter it may take her a couple of weeks to remember all of her housetraining in her new adoptive home. Joy has been spayed, tested for heartworms (she is negative), micro-chipped, dewormed and received her age-appropriate vaccinations. She is sure to fill your life with lots of happiness, laughter, and joy! What are you waiting for? Come and meet her today. #29376. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Gusto, the organization that recently held a “Texas vs. The World – Roussanne” tasting in Dallas is back on December 9th with a “Texas vs. The World – Syrah” tasting at Times Ten Cellars. As I said in my report of the Roussanne tasting, these events are a fun way to learn about wine and come Crave Recommended. Details from the press release:
Lost Oak Winery will be the featured winery at the Texas vs. The World Syrah wine tasting on Monday, December 9 at Times Ten Cellars in Dallas. Continue reading
Nasi Lemak – Lamb curry, egg noodles stir fried with Kampong sauce
by Andrew Chalk
Kampong is Malaysian for village. I mention that so that if you ever hear someone say “It takes a Kampong”, or a singing group called “The Kampong People”, or a place called “Greenwich Kampong” you will know what they mean. That is just part of the service that we deliver here at Crave.
The Kampong Asian Fusion in Richardson is a (mainly) Malaysian menu served by Malaysians and owned by Malaysians who are new to town. They found that 10% state and local personal income taxes and a mayor who dictated what size soda you can buy made not even the spectacular natural beauty of Flushing, NY worth sticking around for. They decamped to Texas. Continue reading
by Brian Wall
It’s not often that the planets line up, Karma comes around or that everything just lines up properly. This past Saturday tour day was one of those perfect happenings. When two very good friends were in town this past weekend, it seemed like a good opportunity to take one to a brewery tour while the other was duck hunting. As a typical weathered day in the Metro, traffic was horrid and I ran late getting to the hotel for the tour. The mighty hunter had finished and was on his way back with his spoils and we both decided to wait and have him go with us to the tour.
My first idea was to hit Fort Worth since the hotel was in Weatherford. Looking at the location though and the time frame of running late, it seemed that maybe getting late would not have been a good idea so the decision of a slightly closer and unvisited brewery came to fruition, that brewery being Revolver in Granbury. Time was still not looking great but I figured that we would get there at least an hour before the close and we would get a couple samples. Imagine my surprise when we arrived at the brewery and found that not only were they extending their tour until four in the afternoon rather than three but we also happened to have arrived at the one year birthday party. While there was no cake for this party by the time we arrived, we did get a gift of five samples of great beer. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
We wrote about the astonishing situation regarding the use of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Go Texan mark on wine a few weeks ago. The unsettling truth is that, under current rules, the mark can be used on California wine. I wrote that this makes the mark meaningless and that Texas grape growers and winemakers would be better off if the Go Texan mark could not be put on any wine at all.
Then I had a better idea…. make Go Texan mean 100% Texas fruit. It would not only make the mark meaningful to consumers and reward Texas winemakers and growers, it would also make Texas the first and only state which had a clear, uniform way of specifying that its wines were 100% state-grown fruit. I expect the idea will be copied by other states, but let’s do it first.
I submitted a rules change to the TDA and, stop the presses, this e-mail circular just came in from them: Continue reading