For those of you looking for my recap of this weekend’s Chowhound BBQ Smackdown, look no further:


Photos can also be seen by clicking on my Flickr account over there to your right.  There ya go…


Crawfish: The Food of the Gods


That’s right, mudbuggers!  It’s time for the best crawfish boil this side of New Iberia.

Houstonist (my other home) will be hosting a $5.00 All-You-Can-Eat crawfish boil, complete with corn, potatoes and elusive Houstonist staffers, this Saturday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll be boiling 500 pounds of crawfish (500 pounds! ye gods!) at Under the Volcano in Rice VIllage.  Our boilmaster, a Louisiana native, is quick to point out that we will be boiling the crawsfish the “correct” way, which is to add the super-spicy seasonings directly into the water.

Speaking of super-spicy, The Volcano serves some of the best cocktails and frozen concoctions in town to help put out that fire after you’ve put a pound or two of crawdads away.  Plus, there wil be lots of friendly people and cool Houstonist schwag to make the evening well worth your while — especially for only $5.00!

For more information, head on over to Houstonist’s website and RSVP if you plan on coming.  Hope to see you there!

Moving On Up!

Aieeeee!  Exciting news from my favorite brewery:

Saint Arnold brewery moving downtown

This is exciting for so many reasons…  To name a few:

  1. Their current facility is endearing in its own way, but mostly just horridly ugly and nauseatingly hot in the summers without A/C.  Bye-bye, industrial office park!  Hello, downtown!
  2. So, not only are they moving downtown, they’re moving into a beautiful, old three-story building that dates to 1914.  I love it when older buildings are updated and rehabbed instead of demolished.  Good on the Saint Arnold guys!
  3. Their new place will feature “beer-making equipment purchased from a German monastery,” which is wickedly cool in and of itself, but particularly cool since Saint Arnold of Metz — the patron saint of beer — was a German monk.  To hear the entire story of Saint Arnold and how he came to be sainted, take the tour that the brewery offers every Saturday afternoon at 1pm.  Afterwards, you get a short tour (and I do mean short), a souvenir tasting glass and the opportunity to taste up to four craft beers of your choice (a little over half a pint each).  Not bad for only five bucks!
  4. I’ve saved the best for last, of course.  All that new equipment and new space means…wait for it…that production will be increased by 400%.  400%!  Think of how much better this world will be with more Elissa IPA on the shelves and in your bellies.  A lot better, that’s how much.

They’re expected to complete the renovation and move within a year, so make sure to visit their old facility at least once more for old times’ sake.  In the meantime, did you pick up your Divine Reserve No. 6 this weekend?  If not, you’d better hurry!

Allow Me To Present…An Interview!

I know, little coconuts. I’ve been very bad this week and haven’t posted anything, not even a Tuesday Trivia. I’ve been doing day job stuff all week and while it isn’t fun, it — and not this, obviously — pays the bills.

But to make up for my dearth of posting, I have a special treat for y’all: my first interview with an actual chef! Randy Rucker (previously of laidback manor and now of tenacity) was kind enough to let me interview him for Houstonist. You can read the entire article here:

Interview: Randy Rucker

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!