Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bits and Bites

And, in this week's news:

In case you really can't figure out where to go eat, the Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll came out last week. It's always fun to see what the readers and critics picked, and of course, I always have to agreed and disagree with some of the picks. (Like this year's new number one restaurant??) Bookmark the page, or hurry up and find the glossy print copy, and make more lists of all the places you want to try!

Man Up Texas BBQ has announced their 2nd Annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival will be October 30th on the City Terrace at the Long Center.  I've got to go to this! A friend went last year and said it was phenomenal. Porky goodness! 

The USDA has finally realized that overcooked pork is not tasty. They have lowered the recommended cooking temp of pork from 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 145 with a 3 minute rest. Read the National Pork Board's update on it.

Now through June 28, when you shop at area HEB grocery stores, you can add $1, $3, or $5 to your grocery bill total to help support the Capital Area Food Bank. HEB is a big supporter of the CAFB, and it's great to see them involving their customer base.

-- Hoover's (some of the best down home cooking in town) has embarked on a healthier venture, based off of homegrown produce. The Soular garden is at 12th and Waller, and will also be accompanied by a food truck of the same name.
-- Olivia, one of my favorite brunch spots, will now be open on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, beginning June 4th; read their newsletter announcement. Because of this, they will now be closed for Friday lunches.
-- And speaking of Olivia, owner/chef James Holmes is about to have another restaurant named for another one of his daughters: Lucy's Fried Chicken will open later this year on College Avenue (off of SoCo, running into Oltorf), in the site of the former Nueva Onda.

-- Fortune, the huge Chinese and dim sum restaurant, in the Chinatown complex up north. According to their Facebook page, they'll become a site for event rentals. Bummer.

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