Nice Tribute to Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi passed recently. Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV pays a nice tribute.


Shame On Dunkin’ Donuts For Bowing To Nonsense!

I’m not that big of a fan of donuts in general but I am grateful that Dunkin’ Donuts would feed me at 3:30 in the morning after a long night of misbehaving. In my younger days of course! Nor am I a fan Rachel Ray. I have no beef with Rachel, just not into her. But I am appalled that Dunkin’ Donuts would pull and ad because Rachel is wearing a scarf around her neck that vaguely and I mean vaguely, resembles a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men. Ridiculous!

Link to article: Dunkin’ Donuts yanks Rachael Ray ad

Austin Wine Festival, Has A Ways To Go Yet

Wine Fest

Getting to taste some, let me stress some, of the wines from different vineyards and wineries of the Texas Hill Country really revealed a true terroir or special characteristics of this region. A mineral and either grassy or vegetal note plays in most of these wines. When treated right this was quite nice. I encountered many, sweet and semisweet wines too. Many not really to my liking. Of the more than 20 wineries and vineyards represented I enjoyed Driftwood Vineyards the best this day. I thought the 2005 Lone Star Cab was nicely balanced with the right touch of oak.

As I mentioned, I was not able to taste all or at least all that I wanted to this weekend. Unlike last year, the price of admision ($25) included only ten 1 oz tastes. I was quite disappointed with this change. I also believe this hurt the vineyards as well. It forced me to be choosy. If I tasted a variety I did not like so much I was more likey to move on and try someone elses offerings instead of trying another style.

I was also disappointed in the food offerings, Whole Foods offered fruit and cheese plates only. A feeble offering that should have been much more. There were some other offering such as Freebirds New World Burrito and Boomerang’s Meat Pies. I did have a taste of the Meat Pie, pretty good but not exactly the fair I was hoping to enjoy at the wine festival.

Overall I just did not find the whole experience very inviting. I found myslef saying “well it is only the second year maybe it will get better.” Unfortunately, that is what I said last year and I had a better time then.

How Many Aggies Does It Take To Discover Brisket Fat Is Good For You?

Just one apparently!

“Aggie graduate student Stacey Turk’s master’s thesis shows that fat from brisket contains significant amounts of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that can promote good cholesterol in people.”


Link to article: Aggie finds healthy fatty acid in brisket

Will Someone Please Think Of The Vegetarians?

Fresh Local Arugula

Summer is upon us, at least here is Texas. That means the grills and pits are primed for another season of mostly meaty delights. As you might have gathered from previous post I adore slow smoked meats and and seared cuts off the grill in a big way. Oh sure, we might throw on some corn or peppers on the grill to go with the meat fest but so often the vegetables get ignored once the grill is lit. I have been as guilty as any but I now have two sister-in-laws that are (Gasp!) Vegetarians. So I better change my ways if I know what’s good for me!

I have recently been enamored with Arugula. I had a spectacular salad of Baby Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Spiced Pecans at the Belmont. Since then Arugula has been high on my list of greens with it’s peppery bite and delicate texture. So next time I have the sister-in-laws over for dinner I think I’ll try this great looking recipe from Epicurious’ grill guide, Bruschetta with Arugula, Smoked Mozzarella and Tomatoes.

Bruschetta with Arugula, Smoked Mozzarella and Tomatoes

BBQ Art?

This is fun!

Apparently the UK Just Got Oreos and They’re Freaking Out

Oreo properly dunked!

If you want to check out four pages worth of commentary on the Oreo blitz of the UK follow the link.

I enjoy an Oreo or two once or twice a year, dunked in milk of course!