Food & Drink
Growing Farmers: Farmshare Austin strives to grow a healthy local food community in Central Texas
Juicy red tomatoes, deeply dark greens, fragrant melon, and crisp peppers are always more flavorful when they are fresh, and grown and picked close to home, but local farms and farm life are under threat in Central Texas.
Handcrafted Cheese Boards
A cheese board is all you need to serve guests. However, in order to stand alone, the food you place on the board needs to be exceptional and varied. Provide quality ingredients to ensure fantastic flavor and offer an assortment of cheeses with a variety of preserved and fresh foods to add pops of color to the board. With a fifteen-minute investment, you can have a truly artful display. The added bonus? There is virtually no cleanup.
The Hottest Salsas in Texas
When it comes to condiments, Texans prefer a little more pizazz than simply ketchup and mustard. As you might have guessed, salsa and hot sauce far outrank such mundane condiments. In fact, salsa overtook ketchup as America’s number one condiment back in 2013. According to the PEW Research Center, the Hispanic population accounts for eighteen percent of the nation’s population, and that statistic is higher in Texas, thanks to its proximity to Mexico.
Smokin’ in San Antonio
“When we came to San Antonio, most barbeque joints were kind of doing the same ol’ thing,” Conger said, who is originally from Dallas. “Not many people were even serving pulled pork, and me coming from Mississippi, I was like, ‘Man, you guys are missing out on the rest of the nation’s flavors.’ I took ideas from different restaurants.” He incorporated those ideas into Smoke Shack, which locals voted the best barbeque in San Antonio.
Playa Real Brings Artisan Fruit-Infused Tequilas to Texas
There is a new tequila in town. Well, in Texas to be exact, and it is starting to make some tasty waves. The new company, Davis Spirits Company, is based in Austin and recently launched a new line of premium tequilas called Playa Real. It has been on the shelves since January 2018.
Picking Perfection: Cake Tastings for the Big Day
While planning a wedding can be stressful, there are some sweet spots in the process, including tasting the cake! From extravagant ballroom affairs to intimate farmhouse settings, each happy couple envisions how their special day should look (and taste). With such an important role, wedding cake creators do not take their duties lightly; each cake must be a dream come true.
Water 2 Wine: Where Wine and Family Meet
Wine and family. Those two simple things are the foundations of the micro-winery Water 2 Wine, located in New Braunfels, Texas. They are what owner Brandie Jewell and assistant manager Johnny Reinhart value most. Wine and family are simple. Easy. Comforting. And for the guests of Water 2 Wine, they can easily relate.
Cruising the Coast: A Culinary Adventure
Corpus Christi is an amazing place to get away from it all for the weekend. The coastal town is home to water parks, aquariums, museums, night life, music, fishing, and some amazing beaches. In an effort to find some of the best places to dine, I asked the locals and discovered some of Corpus Christi's favorite hot spots.
To Bean or Not to Bean: The Chronicles of Texas Chili
As smoke rose from small fires, so too did the scents; earthy guajillo, pasilla, ancho chiles, and tough cuts. The aromas beckoned the empty bellies making their way to San Antonio’s Market Square. This is where the action took place when the orange haze of the sun gave way to the subtle glow of campfires in the Texas moonlight. Vendors of wares, ranging from exotic birds to pecans and honey, venison, wild turkey, and beef, filled the streets of San Antonio.
A Sweet Evening at Home
We all dream about those romantic Valentine's Day dinners with the one that we love, but lately, things look a little different. Many people have been eating at home more regularly, but that does not mean that Valentine's Day cannot be special. If you are not a huge fan of cooking, but want to create a special night at home, look no further than these recipes by Melissa Guerra from the Fbruary 2019 issue. These recipes are easy, fresh, and uncomplicated.
Five Margaritas to Celebrate National Margarita Day
Already longing for the long sunny days of summer? Missing the delicious, refreshing drinks to enjoy poolside? Look no further. These five margaritas will have you floating on a warm summer breeze in no time