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Chef Ryan Trahan's tartare, which he prepares at the Vestal restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Chef Ryan Trahan’s tartare, which he prepares at the Vestal restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Get ready, Charlotte. Louisiana arrives in Queen City.

On November 3 – and for one night only – 14 chefs from across the Bayou State will take over select Charlotte restaurants to showcase some of their best culinary creations.

Presented by Louisiana Culinary Trails, Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Night is part of a campaign launched more than a decade ago to offer big-city foodies a little Louisiana lagniappe to whet their appetite and make them want to take a trip to the Bayou. Past takeovers have taken place in New York, Atlanta, Nashville and Houston, among others.

“We’re coming to you Charlotte, and we’re going to give you amazing dishes that you can only find in Louisiana. I hope you leave hungry for more,” award-winning chef Samantha “Sam” Carroll said. Food Network Star, restaurant owner and executive director of Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

Carroll’s team, which works closely with the Louisiana Tourism and Culinary Trails Board, will send about 1,000 pounds of seafood to Charlotte for the event.

“Not only are the chefs some of the best in our state, but we supply them with fresh Louisiana seafood from our waters so people can enjoy the work of our fishermen. It couldn’t get more authentic than this,” said Carroll, who has also been a star chef in past takeover events. “But it’s not just seafood. There will be something to delight lovers of meat and a bit of everything.

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Okra is one of Louisiana’s staple dishes. Tim Mueller/Louisiana Office of Tourism Trip to Louisiana

For the Charlotte event, each Louisiana chef will come from a different part of the state, all named by tourism officials as the best of the best. They will be paired with a local restaurant and work closely with management and staff to create a special menu.

The Goodyear House in NoDa is one of the participating Charlotte restaurants and will welcome chef Ryan Trahan, owner of Vestal Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana. He will work closely with Goodyear House chef Chris Coleman to help prepare five specialty dishes for the event.

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Chef Ryan Trahan of the Vestal Restaurant Green Olive Media

“Ryan will do wagyu tartar with oyster mayonnaise, crispy crab and rice cake, and cracklin crusted red snapper, which I’ve heard is quite interesting in terms of preparation,” said Coleman, whose family has roots in Louisiana. “And then on our side, I pay homage to my mum’s jambalaya, with a Carolina gold rice creole with shrimp and chicken. Our junior sous chef, originally from Monroe, Louisiana, prepares his mother’s Creole spun okra. »

Coleman said the Louisiana takeover experience is a great way for local kitchen staff to learn from experienced chefs from another culture. He also said it was a way to expand his network and make new culinary friends. Most importantly, he says, it will help put Charlotte on the map as a culinary destination.

“In the past, these events have been hosted by more recognized food towns, so for them to choose Charlotte is a great honor,” Coleman said. “It shows that we are a city that appears on people’s radar in terms of food culture. We’re excited to learn from these Louisiana chefs, but we’re also eager to show off what we are.

Charlotte’s chef Chris Coleman has appeared multiple times on the Food Network, with successful projects on “Chopped,” “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Alex Vs. America.” Courtesy of Chris Coleman

The other participating restaurants are:

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be welcome at some locations, while others may require reservations or a pre-purchased ticket.

And what makes Louisiana cuisine so special?

“In Louisiana, it’s all about ‘Where do we eat and what are we going to eat?'” Carroll said. “We have become such a culinary destination, in part because of the influence and legacy of all the settlers who brought their cuisine with them. Now, the dishes that are famous in Louisiana are the stars of every culture. It’s history on a plate. And with all the new blood and new people in the restaurant business, it’s revived and updated, with chefs using more local ingredients and bringing those dishes to today’s times.

If you can’t wait until November for your next bite of Cajun food, go ahead and check it out Carroll’s Recipes.

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This story was originally published September 28, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Clifton Park ice rink hosts a meat-cutting challenge; Dozens of steaks cut, judged – The Daily Gazette Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:19:00 +0000

CLIFTON PARK — A winner was expected to be announced Monday evening after the qualifying round of Texas Roadhouse’s Meat Cutting Challenge took place earlier in the day.

On Monday, 12 meat cutters from different Texas Roadhouse restaurants in New York and one from Vermont competed in the company’s annual Qualifier Meat Cutting Challenge. The Capitol Ice Arena in Clifton Park hosted this round of the competition.

Competitors cut dozens of steaks and the steaks were judged later that evening for weight, size and a number of other specifications. The meat cutters had one hour to process about 35 pounds of beef into different cuts of meat.

The winner of Monday’s contest will advance to the regional round, which has about 50 entrants from across the East Coast, said Texas Roadhouse product trainer Michael Davis. The final winner of the competition will receive $25,000.

Davis explained that the competitors were used to the cooler temperatures inside the arena during the competition. “They cut all the steaks,” he said. “They’re in a cooler all day, eight to 10 a.m., 36 degrees, just cutting fresh hand-cooked steaks all day.”

Texas Roadhouse trains its meat cutters for 20 days, Davis said. Their development never stops, he said, explaining that they attend classes, seminars and meetings like the competition on Monday.

Steaks make up about 44% of the Texas Roadhouse menu, and the company reports that meat cutters cut an average of $1 million worth of meat per restaurant per year.

“There’s a ton of education, because it’s a lot of money, so it’s really important that they know what they’re doing,” Davis said.

All of the restaurant’s steaks have their own specifications, Davis said. Competitors’ steaks are measured for height, width and length, Davis explained, and they’re also rated for fat allowances and sinew allowances.

Judges measure the different types of steaks cut by competitors and see who is most accurate in their finished cuts. Judges weigh each steak with a scale to see if it is within three-tenths of variance and measure the steaks with a ruler down to one-sixteenth of an inch.

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🌱 More Weapons Found at ABIA + Flu Season Concerns + Events Galore Tue, 27 Sep 2022 00:55:00 +0000

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Settle in and grab your morning coffee as we dive into:

  • More weapons found at ABIA TSA checkpoints.
  • Fundraising efforts are underway for the family of the APD officer killed in a recent accident.
  • Beto O’Rourke begins his college tour at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Geeks Who Drink, Bitcoin meetup, concerts galore, free movies + snacks, and much more ➡

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1) More weapons were found at TSA checkpoints at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in the past week. TSA officials at ABIA reported that six firearms were prevented from boarding planes out of the airport last week, bringing the cumulative total for the year to 114 firearms. ABIA currently ranks among the top ten airports in the country where travelers bring firearms in their carry-on luggage.

Gilbert Almaraz, TSA’s Director of Federal Security for Austin, would like to remind travelers, “Passengers traveling with firearms should ensure they declare them to the airline and that they are properly packed in their checked baggage.” Head over to CBS Austin for the full story.

2) Community fundraising efforts are underway for the family of the Austin Police Department officer killed in an accident at Liberty Hill. Officer Anthony “Tony” Martin was killed in a car crash in Liberty Hill just before 6 a.m. last Friday.

FOX 7 Austin reports that Austin Cops 4 Charities and other community members have started Fund raising for Martin’s family. FOX 7 Austin has more on that story here.

3) Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke begins his college tour at the University of Texas at Austin. Monday marked the start of O’Rourke’s “College Tour” across the state as the race for Texas governor continues to heat up. O’Rourke says the tour is an opportunity for young people, including students, to register to vote before the Oct. 11 registration deadline.

“Young people, students like those who are here right now, are literally going to decide the outcome of this election,” O’Rourke said when kicking off the tour on Monday. “The polls have gone up, the polls have gone down. They’re going to keep changing, and I think they’re going to keep getting closer as we get to early voting on October 24.” Read more about this event and the rest of O’Rourke’s campaign plans on KVUE.

4) Local health officials are concerned about the next flu season. The Center for Disease Control publishes weekly flu surveillance reports. For the week ending September 17, he noted that Texas had a moderate number of cases. Most of the rest of the country had a low or minimal case rate.

Statesmen report that in the past few weeks, Travis County has seen some strains of influenza A and B. Surrounding counties have mostly seen flu-like illnesses, according to the Texas Influenza Activity Map. . Austin Public Health will begin its flu surveillance on October 1. Visit the Austin American-Statesman to learn how to monitor your symptoms, where you can get a flu shot, and how to stay up to date with local flu updates.

5) Local businesses are betting on the 2022 Austin City Limits Festival to boost revenue. CBS Austin reports that in 2021, bars and restaurants got the biggest economic boost from the ACL, raking in $104 million over the two weekends – wow!!! This year, local businesses hope to break that record. Head to CBS Austin for the scoop.

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Korean CrunCheese hot dog makes its way to Texas and more in What Now Media Group’s weekly pre-opening restaurant report Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:07:34 +0000
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Crispy Korean hot dog makes its way to Texas and more in What Now Media Group's weekly restaurant pre-opening report( What Now Media Group, Inc.the industry’s leading publisher of pre-opening restaurant news, has published its weekly newsletter with the biggest stories from its 16 watch markets for the period September 19-25, 2022:

“If you sell to restaurants and your category is still available, you should become one of our exclusive Preferred Partners,” said Liz Vickers, Vice President of Sales at What Now Media Group, Inc. “Our Preferred Partners Not only do we get our pre-open restaurant news in advance, but we connect them directly to the owners of these incoming and expanding restaurants so their sales pipelines stay stocked.

In addition to its Preferred Partner Program, What Now publishes the latest pre-restaurant news on market-specific websites and has a unique and growing readership of 7.5 million. The publication has a presence in 14 markets and plans to reach 30 by the end of 2022 for coast-to-coast coverage.

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Delivery services turn to autonomous technology Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:30:45 +0000
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Food delivery has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and the increase in demand over the past two years has created an urgency for restaurants and delivery service providers to create faster and more efficient systems. affordable. Many of these companies are tapping into the autonomous delivery technology market to continue fulfilling customer orders in new and innovative ways.

“We expect to see increased demand for autonomous on-road delivery across all types of industries and businesses and we are working to meet that demand with our new vehicles designed to fit millions of consumers across the United States,” said Cosimo Leipold, director of partnerships at robotics company Nuro.

Nuro’s unmanned vehicles — which are among the only fully licensed to operate in California — are designed to deliver products to suburban areas, and the company has partnered with major retailers such as Walmart and Kroger. Delivery platform Uber Eats also recently partnered with Nuro to bring its self-driving delivery technology to Houston, Texas and Mountain View, California.

As more driverless vehicles like Nuro’s hit the roads, other food delivery companies are taking off. Unilever’s Ice Cream Shop has chosen drone company Flytrex as its delivery partner for the virtual store’s product offerings in North Carolina and Texas. This overhead method allows customers to have their ice cream delivered directly to their backyard in about three minutes.

“Flytrex is spearheading efforts to meet growing on-demand consumer expectations by enabling restaurants and retailers to integrate faster, safer, greener, more economical and more sustainable last-mile processing than never,” said Yariv Bash, co-founder and CEO of Flytrex.

Autonomous delivery leads the way

The pandemic-related increase in food delivery shows no signs of slowing down, so technology to improve these services is essential for the industry. Nuro’s mission is to reduce or completely eliminate US consumers’ shopping trips made in personal cars through the company’s self-driving delivery vehicles.

“We’ve also found that it’s generally difficult for restaurants and other businesses to hire enough drivers to meet their delivery demand,” Leipold said. “Having the option of a robot or human driver allows restaurants to fill more orders.”

The human labor required by manual delivery demand is nearly impossible to meet, so robotic solutions are the logical category to focus on to advance delivery services, especially in suburban areas. These neighborhoods are often not profitable or efficient for traditional delivery methods, so more than 82 million single-family households currently constitute an untapped market, according to Bash. Flytrex directs its attention to this demographic for its drone deliveries for these reasons, he added.

“Restaurants that integrate automated drone delivery end-to-end can reduce the typical delivery cost by up to 40%,” Bash said. “Because a single drone operator can monitor multiple delivery orders at once, businesses can satisfy customer demand for instant gratification while paying less for transportation costs.”

As consumers continue to prioritize sustainability, companies need to create systems that enable more environmentally responsible purchasing decisions. Bash touts its electric drones for creating less carbon emissions and making road traffic easier. Flytrex’s system allows remote operators to make multiple deliveries at the same time, and Bash also added that customers still view drone delivery as relatively rare, so watch the process of transporting their items directly into their own backyard. courtyard is a pleasant experience.

Partnerships allow merchants and restaurateurs to shine

The Ice Cream Shop rolled out Robomart vans for delivery services earlier this year, but Unilever’s partnership with Flytrex is the brand’s first foray into drone delivery. Bash shared that Flytrex thought the partnership was ideal because of their alignment on improving the efficiency of a time-sensitive product.

“Super-fast food delivery is usually associated with delivering hot, fresh-from-the-oven food to customers,” he said. “But quick delivery of ice cream on a hot day is one and the same: no need to settle for a melted pint in an hour when you can have your ice cream via heaven cold and delicious!”

Leipold also praised Nuro’s recent partnership with Uber Eats because of both parties’ understanding of self-driving technology as well as the platform’s ability to scale the technology for independent restaurants as well as big chains.

“Uber has a great culture of innovation and deep expertise in autonomous technology,” he added. “They understand the challenges and benefits of autonomy and are as committed as we at Nuro are to deploying autonomous vehicles on public roads with safety as the top priority.”

He also pointed out that these tools are not a harbinger of replacement of restaurant workers, but rather a reallocation of resources and time.

“Ultimately, we believe this technology will increase the overall market while creating more fulfilling jobs in restaurants and in other non-delivery roles – and at the same time, lowering the cost of home delivery for consumers,” Leipold said.

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The 10 Best Places in the United States for Budget Travel Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:45:24 +0000

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Americans are spending a lot on travel these days. With pent-up demand from the pandemic, some of the big increases in personal spending this year have been in travel and leisure. But you don’t have to shell out all your hard-earned savings to enjoy your next vacation. To find the best places to travel on a budget, we’ve used Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index, Restaurant Index and Local Purchasing Power Index for each city in our list below. .

These ratings are relative to New York City, which means that for New York City, each index is 100%. For example, if a particular city has a restaurant index of 120, it means that on average, costs in that city are 20% more expensive than in New York.

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Now that the technical aspects are out of the way, here are the 10 best spots for traveling on a budget.

1. San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is a large city in south central Texas with a rich heritage. The city is known for the Alamo, the mile-long River Walk with a promenade of cafes and shops, a Japanese tea garden and much more. In addition, San Antonio has many other museums, restaurants and tourist activities.

Cost of living index: 61.33

Restaurant price index: 62.69

Local purchasing power index: 180.99

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $123

2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City is known for its cowboy culture, entertainment district, and museums. It has historical places to visit and even a place to go rafting. Plus, you can take a water taxi and visit the city’s waterfront restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions.

Cost of living index: 64.25

Restaurant price index: 50.27

Local purchasing power index: 128.80

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $98

3. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico. Founded in 1706 as a Spanish colony, it is rich in history. Old Town Albuquerque is known for its historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, museums, and Native American shops. Additionally, Albuquerque is also the ballooning capital of the world, hosting the International Balloon Fiesta every October.

Cost of living index: 64.99

Restaurant price index: 66.18

Local purchasing power index: 162.53

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $167

4. Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah, known for sites such as historic Temple Square and the headquarters of the Mormon Church, the Great Salt Lake, zoos, gardens, and other attractions. The city has a strong arts and culture scene as well as plenty of outdoor activities, including skiing and golf. The region also offers year-round adventures with alpine mountains, lakes for fishing and rivers for rafting. And there are plenty of state and national parks nearby, as well as places to shop and enjoy the nightlife.

Cost of living index: 65.66

Restaurant price index: 75.59

Local purchasing power index: 140.73

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $154

5. Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city, located on the Ohio River along the Indiana border. It is best known for the Kentucky Derby and is also home to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where Major League bats are produced. The city is also known for its bourbon and offers the Urban Bourbon Experience, where visitors can participate in distillery tours and tastings.

Cost of living index: 65.76

Restaurant price index: 65.83

Local purchasing power index: 146.41

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $147

6.Austin, Texas

Capital Austin is known for its live music scene. Musicians perform outdoors at seasonal events as well as at world-famous festivals. Austin is home to the University of Texas and has plenty of museums and historic sites to visit. The area enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine with an average temperature of 68 degrees, according to Visit Austin, making it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities.

Cost of living index: 68.44

Restaurant price index: 74.22

Local purchasing power index: 154.36

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $274

7. Orlando, Florida

Yes, Disney World and Universal Studios Florida aren’t cheap, but there are plenty of other things to do in Orlando. In addition to its well-known theme parks, Orlando has many water parks, the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve, farmers markets, museums and other fun activities. And there are plenty of free activities too, like the outdoor Disney Springs, Disney’s Boardwalk, Universal Citywalk, and Old Town Orlando and Celebration Town Center.

Cost of living index: 69.70

Restaurant price index: 77.62

Local purchasing power index: 140.53

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $155

8. Las Vegas, Nevada

As long as you don’t lose your shirt gambling, you can enjoy tons of free stuff while strolling the infamous Las Vegas Strip. You can even get a decent hotel in Las Vegas this fall for around $70, according to Priceline. And many of the top hotels tend to keep prices reasonable so they can attract people to spend money in casinos. Las Vegas is also home to the Mob Museum and plenty of outdoor activities. Plus, it’s close to the Grand Canyon.

Cost of living index: 70.28

Restaurant price index: 72.08

Local purchasing power index: 116.43

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $204

9. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs is well known for its outdoor activities. The city sits at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, near glacier-carved Pikes Peak. And the Pikes Peak area offers many attractions, including trains, museums, parks and a zoo. Additionally, there are a number of hiking trails and a railway leading to the top of the mountain. Colorado Springs also has a vibrant downtown, perfect for city lovers, especially those on a budget.

Cost of living index: 71.70

Restaurant price index: 79.77

Local purchasing power index: 167.21

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $141

10. Tampa, Florida

Tampa is located along Florida’s Gulf Coast and offers a wide range of activities for those on a budget. The area is full of outdoor water activities, a bustling downtown area, and plenty of interesting architecture. You can also explore zoos, an aquarium, a river walk, and a host of restaurants and shops in Tampa.

Cost of living index: 73.94

Restaurant price index: 80.41

Local purchasing power index: 135.97

Average hotel room (October 2022, per Priceline): $167

Families may be cutting back on big-ticket items due to inflation, but there is no sign that travel spending will decline in the near future. These 10 places are perfect for a quick trip to enjoy the sights and sounds while keeping the expense down.

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Food prices are skyrocketing, and it’s changed the way we eat Sat, 24 Sep 2022 16:45:00 +0000 When she was growing up, seconds weren’t served and side dishes were rare. “My mom had a budget every week, and she stuck to it,” she said. “As I got older and became more financially independent, having a full pantry and being able to eat whatever I wanted was a sign of success for me,” she added.

“It was very humbling to have to go from that situation to where we are right now.”

Altman and his wife live in Austin, Texas with their three children. Recently, they mainly relied on one income. Their reduced income, coupled with inflation, took a toll on their finances.

And it radically changed the way they eat. Altman isn’t the only one making big changes.

We asked CNN readers how inflation is impacting their eating habits, and many mentioned eating out less often, buying less meat, and giving up the splurge. Some say they are very worried about the future.
Food prices have climbed 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released in mid-September by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grocery store prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices rose 8% during this period.
Consumers are responding by searching for deals and switching to generic brands, according to July data from market research firm IRI. Companies like Tyson (TSN) noticed customers switching from beef to chicken, and Applebee’s and IHOP reported an increase in high-income customers who are likely turning away from more expensive restaurants. Some people may dine out less often or avoid restaurants altogether.

For those who struggled to buy food even before prices exploded, rising costs could mean falling into food insecurity, unreliable access to affordable food.

“If food prices continue to rise at a rate that exceeds wage increases, that’s the inevitable consequence,” said Jayson Lusk, head of the agricultural economics department at Purdue University. “The last time we had a big increase in food insecurity rates was following the Great Recession.” Last year, about 10.2% of U.S. households were food insecure, according to the USDA, slightly below the rate of 10.5% in 2020 and 2019.

Even for those not at risk of going hungry, food price spikes are shocking.

Food “matters a lot for our self-esteem, our mood,” said William Masters, a professor in Tufts University’s School of Nutrition Science and Policy who is also a faculty member in the economics department. “Not being able to buy the foods that people are used to – that your kids are asking for, your family wants – it’s really difficult,” he said. “Any habit-breaking is very, very difficult.”

Giving up simple pleasures

Carol Ehrman is taking a Thai cooking class on Zoom during the pandemic.

For Carol Ehrman, cooking is a joyful experience.

“I love to cook, it’s my favorite thing to do,” she said. She particularly enjoys cooking Indian and Thai dishes, but storing the spices and ingredients she needs for these dishes is no longer possible. “When each ingredient has gone up, it adds up to the total bill,” she said.

“What used to cost us between $250 and $300…is now $400.” Ehrman, 60, and her husband, 65, depend on her Social Security income, and the increase has strained their budget. “We just couldn’t do that.”

About six months ago she realized that she had change the way he does his shopping.

In an effort to reduce their immediate costs, Ehrman stopped buying in bulk as often as she used to. Now she chases sales, avoids buying beef, and opts for boxed wine instead of nice bottles when buying wine. She also prepares simpler meals and says goodbye to dinner parties.

Ehrman even foregone making staples, like tomato sauce, because of the expense, opting instead for a prepackaged version.

“I know I can make it a lot healthier,” she said. And “it’s always so much better”. These fresh ingredients are just too expensive now.

Ehrman’s husband is retired due to chronic health issues and finds it difficult to work due to his own health issues. She recently underwent cardiac pacing and cardiac catheterization procedures. The couple, who live in Billings, Montana, were frugal before the current price spike, enjoying the simple pleasures. But now even those are out of reach.

“Before, we at least found joy in being home and having friends and family, cooking and sitting around the table and just being content,” she said. . Now, “I’m not entertaining at all. It’s really sad.”

From Coke to Pepsi

Rick Wichmann, 64, and his wife have dined out less often in recent years, due to the pandemic and in an effort to eat healthier. With menu prices rising due to inflation, they see no reason to change their habits.

“Eating out is expensive,” he said, noting that he’s often happier with home-cooked meals than restaurant food anyway.

But groceries are also more expensive. Over the past year, Wichmann has noticed he’s spent about 25% more on groceries for himself, his wife, and their son than before.

To help mitigate those costs, Wichmann, who lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, has started going to different grocers. He avoids Whole Foods and Stop & Shop, opting instead for Costco and local chain Market Basket.

He’s also switched to private labels, if he feels the quality is the same, and will sometimes choose products based on price rather than brand loyalty – like, for example, buying Pepsi when it’s less dear, when he would choose otherwise Coke.

Wichmann also pays attention to events such as weather and how they can affect prices. When he saw reports of a possible drought-induced tomato shortage in California, he took notice. The next time he saw tomato sauce on sale, he stocked enough to last for months.

A vegetable garden in the front lawn

Like Wichmann, Jenni Wells, 38, pays attention to weather patterns and food systems. A former chef and rancher, she noticed price increases long before the current surge in inflation.

‘My alarm bells started ringing for rising prices in 2019,’ she said, amid devastating floods in the Midwest drowned livestock and destroyed grain stocks. Wells decided at the time that she would like to be more independent.

“I saw the food prices go up and realized it was going to quickly overwhelm our budget,” she said. So in February, she pulled grass from the lawn of her home in Fort Worth, Texas, which she shares with her husband and best friend, and planted a vegetable garden.

“I just wanted to see what I could grow for myself,” she said. This year, she has successfully grown broccoli, cauliflower, okra, tomatoes, peppers, squash and more in her garden.

There are of course initial and maintenance costs for the garden. And it’s not easy to grow vegetables. But the household’s weekly grocery spending, excluding meat, fell from about $200 to $50, she said.

With the money left over, Wells and her family were able to eat out, which would have been “too luxurious” if they still spent $200 a week on groceries. And there’s the satisfaction of growing your own food.

“There’s a huge sense of reward,” she said. “I’m proud of every meal I make with it.”

change for good

A recent weekly grocery for Lisa Altman.

Some consumers have made changes due to the current circumstances they plan to hold on to.

Now Altman, the Austin mother of three, aims to keep her grocery bill at around $100 to $125 a week while purchasing private labels, lots of pasta and a limited amount of protein each week.

Instead of ordering or grilling steaks or ribs, Altman’s family eats more basic meals with smaller portions. “Now our meals consist of a main course, and that’s it, maybe some bread on the side or a salad.” If they go out to eat, they’ll choose a fast food meal with a few sides, like a burger and two fries, share the dishes, and take drinks home.

When Altman can afford it, she will start buying more fruits and vegetables again. But she hopes that certain habits, like encouraging her children to avoid mindless eating and reducing food waste, will stick.

“I’m not going to spend $1,200 a month on groceries,” she said. “It taught us that it’s not necessary.”

This restaurant has the best horchata in Texas, according to a report Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000

DALLAS (KDAF) – Are you in the mood to try something new, or maybe you’ve already tasted the great taste that horchata brought to your taste buds and want to try it somewhere else?

Saturday, September 24 is National Horchata Day! Be sure to take the time today or any day to try this delicious drink.

NationalToday says, “There are so many different flavors of horchata, some are a little sweet and some are a little spicy; you and your friends can go out and find out which flavors are your favorites.

Recently, Yelp ran a report on the top-rated horchata spot in each state, and of course, we’re taking a close look at the Lone Star State. Report says the best horchata in Texas is in San Antonio Cafe Barrio Barista!

This local cafe has a long history in San Antonio and brings you the best espressos, coffees, breakfast foods and more.

Yelp says, “Rich, creamy, and delicious: Horchata is a delicious drink from Mexico and Latin America most often made from rice and flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Each recipe is different, which makes tasting horchata in different restaurants and cities a lot of fun.

Charges dismissed in Houston metro restaurant, murder of 18-year-old killed protecting his mother Sat, 24 Sep 2022 00:53:43 +0000 A man charged with the murder of a Houston teenager in a 2017 Subway sandwich shop robbery had his charges dismissed due to a “missing witness”, court records show.

The case dates back to February 22, 2017. Javier Flores and his mother, Hilda Vasquez, were both working at a Subway store in southeast Houston, when two men entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at Vasquez.

Flores ran towards the man holding his mother at gunpoint and was shot in the neck.

INVESTIGATION: Teenager Niko’s employee Niko knew the three accused of killing her, leaving her body by the side of the road

Three months later, police arrested Jeffery Archangel, then 25, and charged him with capital murder. Charging documents show detectives linked him to a robbery at another Subway store that was hit by two suspects.

The suspects wore the same hooded sweatshirts as the suspects who assaulted Flores and her mother, records show.

Through an anonymous tip, detectives eventually identified the two suspects as Archangel and his sister’s boyfriend, Derrick Welch, according to arrest records.

In early May 2017, Archangel was charged with capital murder. That was before Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic ground Harris County’s criminal justice system, causing delays and a growing backlog for tens of thousands of cases. This backlog has complicated efforts to resolve criminal cases, courthouse veterans say, because it takes much longer for cases to come to trial, meaning witnesses die, move, disappear or become less willing to come to court. bear witness.

Such was the case on Friday, when the case was dismissed, according to court records. The dismissal document shows that the reason for the dismissal was listed as a “missing witness”.

More information was not available. Harris County District Attorney’s Office officials were not immediately available for comment Friday evening. Archangel’s attorney, Michael Fosher, was unavailable for comment.

Best of Austin: Restaurants 2022 – Column Editors Name Their Essential Dishes: We’ve All Got Our Favorites – Food Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:10:47 +0000

James Renovitch with a Chicken Nada at ThunderCloud (Photo by Kimberly Jones)

Editor James Renovitch: I’m nowhere near a vegetarian, but damn it, I love that flavorful fake meat and sandwiches around it in ThunderCloud Subs Chicken Nada Sandwich. Prepare for some quality small talk with your sandwich maker and some impatient pats from those behind you in line as you wait for the patties to cook.

Various locations,

Maggie Thompson, Associate Editor: I’m one of those people in my twenties who moved here from the west coast, couldn’t score a spot in Austin, and landed at the last minute in the sweet home of Cedar Park. I’m happy with it, because of the hidden gems like Aleida’s Latin cuisine. The restaurant on Little Elm Trail is very charming and always has a gorgeous cake on display (major Abuela vibes), but something about the food truck outside the Chevron on S. Bell Boulevard is different. The original arepa literally appeared to me in a dream, crispy and smothered in Aleida’s sauce.

Restaurant: 2011 Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park; food truck: 602 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Arts and Food Lists Editor / Kitchen Lieutenant Wayne Alan Brenner: I can drive to El Rincon, a funky Tex-Mex joint in Pflugerville, from my house in three minutes. I could drive there anyway if it took an hour. The lively canteen atmosphere, the ever-flowing coffee and the perfect salsa, and omg, that generous plate of carne guisada: precisely what it takes to conquer the most hungover morning, any day of the week.

200 E. Pecan, Pflugerville,

Katherine McNevins, Editor of Special Screenings and Community Lists: Last time I ordered my favorite from Vivo, I said that’s what I would like for my last meal. Kind of a morbid thought, but it cemented in my mind how good it was, like I didn’t know it: shrimp tacos, perfectly spiced and on lightly grilled tortillas with cheese, so it’s almost a quesadilla, and topped off with a creme fraiche of chipotle sauce, crispy cabbage and the best fries and salsa in town.

6406 N. I-35 #2343,

Editor Kimberley Jones: I love Bun Belly’s salt and pepper tofu so much that I pay Favor’s stupid $6 fee just to have it delivered to my front door. It’s a sinus clearing salad, heavily seasoned with lime, with sautéed jalapeños and radishes. The main event is the chewy tofu, encased in a delicately seasoned tempura that somehow retains most of its crunch even with the trip across town. Worth every penny.

6929 Airport #132,

Poke-Poke (Photo by John Anderson)

Editor Rachel Rascoe: I’ve had lunch fixations on a few poke bowls around town, but Poke-Poke on Hancock has held my attention the longest for its consistent freshness and perfectly simple OG seasoning (soy sauce, sesame oil, onions and Sesame seeds). Specifically, I get the Lil Salmon Poke with white rice, kale, and, if I’m feeling particularly fancy, macadamia nuts.

2320 Hancock,

Qmmunity proofreader and editor, James Scott: In all honesty, I could put any dish from the Bouldin Creek Cafe as an essential: hangover cure Swamp Thing; the magical pile of beans, vegan cheese and rice from the Slacker Banquet; or the Benedict-style vegan eggs, the Renedict, which always reminds me of our editor-in-chief James Renovitch. But the potato and leek omelet stands above it all, a starchy king smothered in black pepper sour cream and stuffed with delicious potatoes and leeks. Breakfast of champions, I would say.

1900 S. First,

Bento picnic (Photo by John Anderson)

Editor and Journalist Lina Fisher: JewBoy Burgers’ bean burrito is my guilty work lunch because it’s both convenient ($5, hearty and portable) and indulgent (schmaltz and queso?? c’maaaan). Bento Picnic’s Garden Bento box is great for special occasions – something about the all-bagel seasoning they put on fresh avocado with kale salad, sweet squash and pickled vegetables on the side ? Vegetarian delight at its finest.

5111 Airport,; 2600 E. Cesar Chavez,

Food Writer Melanie Haupt: I’m not a big fan of fried chicken, but my family loves it. So when Tumble 22 pops up in the nightly family takeout rotation, I’m grateful that a salad option is available. The full Cobb salad is a huge serving, and it’s stuffed with delicious things like avocado, bacon, cheese, and deviled eggs. Even without the plump chicken fillets, this is an extremely filling dish. If I have to eat fried chicken, I might as well reassure myself by tasting it on a bed of lettuce.

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Editor Mike Clark-Madison: 888 Orange Chicken: I wouldn’t order this dish anywhere else (unless I’m looking for Chinese in malls, which I sometimes do), and it’s not what most people would order to the Vietnamese Pan-Asian mainstay, but give it a try – fruity but also spicy and a little astringent, with perfectly fried chicken, and plenty enough for your hungriest moments.

2400 E. Oltorf Ste. 1-A,

Cultural Editor Richard Whittaker: A fish dish can be complicated, but the fish itself should be simple. District Kitchen + Cocktail’s Rainbow Trout bridges this seemingly illogical divide by searing brown trout to buttery, flaky perfection, then layering it over golden raisin wild rice that looks and feels nothing like see with the texture of a rocky river bed. The pesto sauce adds just enough zest to the surprising indulgence of roasted Brussels sprouts. Pair it with Citrus Old Fashioned.

5900 W. Slaughter Ste. D-500; 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. Ste. B.;

Corrector Jasmine Lane: Oh man, those Cuban yucca fries. Something about hanging out on the patio at Kinda Tropical with a cocktail and a pile of crispy, starchy yucca fries really brings the weekend home. How about that avocado jalapeño dip? Magic.

3501 E. Seventh,

Platanos fritos in El Sunzal (Photo by Kevin Curtin)

Music Editor Kevin Curtin: Platos fritos con crema y frijol à El Sunzal: perfectly ripe plantains, sliced ​​vertically and fried, then placed in the center of a plate and offset with rich, tangy Salvadoran cream on one side and unfrozen refried pinto beans from the other. Altogether, this $6 dish, which pairs well with the a la carte pupusas, features an image akin to a yin yang symbol. And why not? They are fruits, proteins and dairy products in an unexpected harmony.

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