A little birdy is saying that Trader Joe’s might be the reason why Turtletique, a posh fashion boutique on West Lovers Lane, is closing this month. Owner Barbara Kille says, “We are closing September 15 to the public as the result of the landlord wanting our space.” When I asked if she knew if Trader Joe’s would be moving in, Kille told me, “Your guess is as good as mine, but that’s the most prevalent rumor.”7 Comments »
Any of you watch our local barbecue expert Daniel Vaughn of Full Custom Gospel Barbecue fame on the season premier of No Reservations last night? I did and I have about five minutes to give you my five cents worth:
I’ve watched a zillion episodes of No Reservations and I’ve learned a lot about food and foreign cultures from Tony. He made the right decision to make this the last tour of the show. Bourdain looks tired and his energy level in the show last night was down. He looked like a grandfather hanging out with all of those hip Austin bands. I would too. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but his questions were uninspired and when he tried to be cool by tossing in old druggie stories and Lou Reed references, it stung my brain. I’ve heard myself do the same thing in our office. Everyone around me is much younger and watching Bourdain last night made me feel like I was looking into a mirror. Except I would not attempt to be as cool and hip as Tim or Zac by getting a sun tattooed on my arm. That was just dumb.
However, he brought me back to some form of reality when he quipped “Only Jews and Texans understand brisket.” Zinger. Geezer humor at its finest. Continue reading "Food TV Review: No Reservations With BBQ Snob, Daniel Vaughn, and Anthony Bourdain"21 Comments »
I’m sure you know your way to San Jose, but do you really know the Muffin Man? He does not live on Drury Lane, he lives in Dallas and he makes magnificent muffins every morning at Jonathon’s Oak Cliff. Krista Nightengale got up close and extremely personal with the Muffin Man and his wife, Mrs. Muffin Man, and files this report.
Jonathon Erdeljac never expected his muffins to be big. the native Houstonian is the type of person who wants to do one thing and do it well. When he was executive chef at Bread Winners, it drove him crazy that he would go to work and have to crank out 20 varieties of muffins every day. “If I was nailing three out of five, that’s good in baseball, but not good for me,” says the 36-year-old redhead. “I’m very passionate about what I do.” So last year, when he and his wife, Christine, struck out on their own to open a restaurant called Jonathon’s Oak Cliff, Erdeljac made a decision.