I know, Rick Bayless is not from Dallas and the White House is in Washington. However, I used to live with his brother and have been friends with Rick and his wife Deann for almost 30 years. I also follow Rick on Twitter. If you are one of the 49,285 people who follow Rick you are aware of his chronic Twitter-it is—he tweets like a hundred times a day (4,450 total tweets). (Interesting that his brother, with 58,367 followers (3,776 total tweets), does the same.
Anywhoo, Rick is at the White House tonight cooking for a state dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon. When Rick showed up to look at the White House kitchen and talk about supplies, he tweeted about his experience which led some people to wonder why they lifted the media ban at the WH for Rick Bayless. Last night Rick, whose gentle personality is the opposite of his brother, lashed out at Chicago Sun Times writer Lynn Sweet who wrote:
While the White House press operation is trying to downplay the glamour aspect of the Wednesday State Dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala and limit coverage, guest chef Rick Bayless, the Chicago cooking superstar, is so big the White House cannot muzzle him and force him into the background.
Today, Sweet “updated” her report and apologized. Rick has not tweeted for 10 hours. He must be busy.5 Comments »
Holy cow, former Dallas Observer and sometimes Ft. Worth Star-Telegram restaurant reviewer has lost his mind. He just sent me a link to his new cooking video. I have no words. Put on your earplugs and eye shades. You know where to put the cork.11 Comments »
Michael Weinstein is a veteran Dallas chef. He has cooked in the kitchens at The Grape, Aurora, and Tramontana. He has left the grind of professional cooking behind and plans to turn the chips and salsa market upside down. His new line, Dread Head Chef Dessert Chips and Sweet Salsas, encourages you to enjoy this Tex-Mex tradition after your meal instead of before. His products include strawberry-mango and pineapple-banana-macadamia nut salsas, and the corn chips are flavored with cinnamon and chocolate. Our favorite combo? Chocolate corn chips dipped into a bowl of Blue Bell ice cream covered with a dollop of strawberry-mango salsa. Pairs well with 24 and Law and Order SVU. Available.4 Comments »
I rarely watch Larry King Live. The guy makes my skin crawl. However, I could not resist watching Mick Jagger’s appearance last night. The subject? One of my favorite albums of all time, Exile on Main Street. First of all, the gig wasn’t live and every segment ended with Larry standing in front of a zillion images from the EOMS album cover (and soon-to-be-released documentary) in starched jeans, red shirt, and those stupid suspenders. I hate to say this but I would have rather endured Barbara Walters—at least she would have listened to the freakin’ record. King prefaced two questions with, “You know my old pal Frank Sinatra used to tell me…”
On a better note, I did discover a nice King Ranch casserole at the new Eatzi’s store on Lovers Lane where the music of Placido Domingo almost shattered my ear drums as I watched owner Phil Romano and his family dine alfresco and chat with local PR maven, Martha Tiller.
Thanks Larry, I know you can’t always get what you want, but at least this morning I’m happy and remembering what I can still remember of Austin in 1972.12 Comments »