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Old Fashioned with Buffalo Trace

Texas smoked honey Old Fashioned

It’s pretty traditional to celebrate happy occasions in life with a toast. Or at least a couple of drinks. I seems fitting then to create a cocktail to celebrate my new appointment as Australian brand ambassador for Buffalo Trace bourbon and Tito’s Vodka (!!!)....
duck caramel

salted duck fat caramels with vanilla & bourbon

Yeah you read right. Duck fat caramels. Legit meat candy. I was completely inspired by the Olive & Sinclair duck fat caramels which I spotted in my Garden & Gun magazine, yet grossly disadvantaged as they don’t ship to Australia. So I took matters into my own...
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Fond artery-hardening memories of the State Fair of Texas

I finally got to tick another “Texas must do” off my list this year by visiting the State Fair up in Dallas. It’s known for Big Tex (a beloved but incredibly creepy 50 foot talking statue), the Oklahoma Vs Texas Red River Rivalry game...
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BurgerMary does NOLA 2014!

Sometimes you put together schmickly produced video segments filmed on HD cameras and edited for hours in a suite. And sometimes you find a killer app for your iPhone (hello, 8mm is awesome and turns your phone into a vintage camera!), film a couple...
Bill Millers Fried Chicken

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q – where you order the fried chicken.

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q 709 E Ben White Blvd Austin, TX 78704 Oh gee… how do I talk about Bill Miller without offending anyone who enjoys it and/or has fond memories of it? Ok, let me give it a shot: Bill Miller Bar-B-Q is a fairly unremarkable...
Gus's Fried Chicken in Austin Texas

Gus’s Fried Chicken – a “must put in face” experience

Gus’s Fried Chicken 117 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78701 Some businesses that grow beyond their original location do so because of a deliberate business plan and an astute management team. Others expand because the food is just that good that it would be a crime not to share the...
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Burro Cheese Kitchen

Burro Cheese Kitchen 1221 South Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704 Hey you know what all the cool kids are eating? Grilled cheese. But not your American cheese, Mrs Bairds bread, crusts cut off version. These are “toasties” for grown ups and Burro Cheese Kitchen is churning out some...
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A Texas grocery store- through a foreigners eyes

I love writing these posts. The ones where I find wonder and fascination in basic things that others take for granted (as per my previous Walmart & Walmart revisited posts) like the kinda stuff you find in an average Texas supermarket. The stuff that makes...
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Royers Pie Haven

Royers Pie Haven  2900 Guadalupe StAustin, TX 78705 I was chatting with another Australian who was travelling through Austin (there are more of us than you think!). She was lamenting that she had been desperate to try a “real Southern pie” on her journey, but hadn’t...
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BurgerMary Cooks! A new bloody mary inspired ingredient.

I had a few people round for dinner on the weekend. I hadn’t cooked at home in ages and the arrival of the first day of winter (in the Southern hemisphere) seemed to call for a big pot of gumbo. I had also recently picked up a...