See, They’re Not Imaginary Friends.

Turns out the voices in my head are real – real live fly fishermen. And boy howdy was there ever a full-on hatch of them at the Paramount Theater last night. It was the annual fly fishing film festival in Austin and The Professor and I had a blast catching up with fishy friends. This [...]

Texas Teutonic

Some of you may not realize that Texas enjoys a rich German culture, especially here in the Hill Country. I never recognized how unique it was until friends would visit and marvel at the number of biergartens we have – and we do have quite a few. (Heaven knows I have logged many an hour [...]

Okay Fine, I’ll Tout The Sprout

Has anyone else noticed the current culinary love affair with the Brussel Sprout? I always thought of it as the out-of-town runt cousin of the already annoying cabbage. But the Brussel Sprout is officially having its moment in the spotlight. Perhaps the greatest ugly-duckling-turned-swan vegetable story of all time. The only love I had for [...]

Tables of Content

True to the multi-entendre title of this post, our al fresca lunch upon arrival in Big D this past Saturday was both substantial and satisfying. You see, I grew up in Dallas until the age of 12, lived there again in my 20s, and absolutely relish any and every chance I get to pop back [...]

Best of the Fest

People ask what type of music they have at Springfest. Some might say bluegrass. I say it’s a bluegrass jamgrass slamgrass honkygrass bluejam rootsrock southern-ass-funk blend. I am also here to report that 2012 proved to be yet another spectacular Springfest for us. We enjoyed great friends, delicious food, perfect camping, lovely weather and of [...]

I Wonder If He Is A Trout Man

As far as I’m concerned, singer songwriter Jim Lauderdale can do no wrong. Not with his velvety smooth honkytonk voice, not with his poetic, pathos-filled-yet-still-hopeful lyrics, and certainly not with his old school, southern fried, Manuel-style fashion choices. And the fact that he was born in a town called Troutman, North Carolina? Well, it just [...]

Blend It Like Beckham

Sometimes it’s hard to find another married couple with whom you can relate, but as you can clearly see, the Professor and I have a lot in common with Victoria and David Beckham. He’s arguably one of the most famous soccer players in history, she, the world’s most under-nourished former pop star. So there’s that, [...]

One Fish Two Fish Redfish Crawfish

At the start of this spring break week (back during our Sun-Mon New Orleans stint) my dad and the Professor were set to go redfishing with Louisiana guide, Brian Carter. Unfortunately the weather was crudola, cloudy and windy, so they had to call a raincheck. No worries, my mom and Little Chick and I enjoyed [...]

Lagniappe Juice

“Lagniappe” is a term frequently used on the Gulf Coast and it means “a little something extra.” Well, we enjoyed a little something extra on our family spring break today in the form of a truly one-of-a-kind flyshop. In downtown Fairhope Alabama there is a quaint cottage struture called The Church Mouse. Proprieters Spencer and [...]

Beignet There, Done That. Twice.

Lest you think we’ve gone the way of Tony Montana with this white powdery substance on all of our clothes, let me explain. It’s powdered sugar. Powdered sugar from not one, but two trips to Café du Monde for beignets. You see, we have just kicked off Little Chick’s spring break with two days in [...]