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NYT on El Real

Restaurant Report: El Real Tex Mex in Houston
Published September 2, 2011

In the darkness of the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, the blaring neon Art Deco sign of a 1930s former movie theater stretches high into the sky. Its bright letters now spell out El Real Tex Mex.
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Peach Sauce "No Minors"

Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla with brandied Texas peaches is an amazingly tasty combination. Looks like it is going to be the house dessert at my place for quite a while. And pint jars of brandied peach sauce are probably going to be what we give out for Christmas presents this year too. I have 30 pints of the stuff. Funny thing is, I didn’t set out to make this much brandied peach sauce.
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More on Foodways Texas BBQ Summer Camp

From Foodways Texas: This Houston Chronicle story by Greg Morago about our 1st Annual Barbecue Summer Camp brings back tasty memories. Stay tuned for details on our 2nd Annual Barbecue Summer Camp planned for Summer 2012 in College Station. We expect the 2012 camp to sell out, so become a member of Foodways Texas for 10% off registration and to make sure you get first chance to purchase tickets. We had a blast at Texas A&M this year and can’t wait for next summer. Hope to see you there.

Greg’s story after the jump:
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Chingo Bling in the New York Times

UNITED TASTES Rapping About Tamales and Deportation Photo by Axel Koester for The New York Times Chingo Bling enjoys a taco dinner before performing at the Key Club in West Hollywood. By JOHN T. EDGE Published: May 24, 2011 Chingo Bling talks tamales with John T. […]

Trashfish To Go: Total Catch Market

P.J. Stoops

If you haven’t visited P.J. Stoops at his “Total Catch Market” yet, this Saturday (April 2) will be an excellent day to stop by. Stoops sells unusual fish that are part of the fishing fleet’s “bycatch.” He told me that a grouper boat is due to come in just in time for the Saturday morning (9am to noon) market.
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Aw Shucks, Ya'll

Garden & Gun Magazine The Southerner’s Guide to Oysters

Whether you’re baking them, frying them, or eating them raw, there is nothing better than the sweet briny goodness of a Gulf Coast oyster…

I was surprised to find out that I was nominated for a James Beard Journalism Award today as one of […]

Hungry? Wanna Get Some Tex-Mex?

We couldn’t figure out what to put on the bathroom doors instead of Men and Women. Hombres and Mujeres sounds a little formal. So we called our buddy Chingo Bling. He suggested Tejanos and Tejanitas.

The place looks like a restaurant now. We are testing recipes, burning in equipment and training waiters. I’ll […]

Felix Chairs Restored

When Felix Mexican Restaurant moved out of their home on Westheimer, El Real bought some of the fixtures and furnishings from owner Felix Jr. to preserve the memory of the beloved Tex-Mex institution. Along with a lot of old photos and menus, we ended up with about 70 of the restaurant’s old chairs.


Foodways Texas: Fort Worth

Jonathan Savell demonstrates the whisky drinking rituals of the early cowboys at Nick Nickelson’s chuckwagon during the Foodways Texas Charreada on Sunday. The event was a sellout with over 300 people in attendance. There were five chuckwagons and a host of cowboy cooks demonstrating various traditional cooking techniques. Dutch oven sourdough biscuits and […]

Aw Shucks!

Many thanks to Greg Morago for the excellent article “Just Shuck It” in this Sunday’s Houston Chronicle on the subject of branding oysters by place names. And thanks to Brett Coomer for the awesome oyster photos.

The big oyster seminar and historic tasting of Texas oyster appellations are coming up this Saturday February […]