It is not news to those of us who live in Texas. We were hit. We were hit hard. Hurricanes happen all the time. All over the world. But this weekend it’s us. It hit my favorite sptate. It hit Texas. We as Texans have a pride about us. We want things bigger, better, louder, deep fried and smoked. But what happens when we get hit by a hurricane? What happens when there is a point in our lives where we need to prove what type of person we are? Well I’ll tell you what happens. Like the days of old with the Mighty Ducks. We stay together.
If you were to look up best ramen in America you wouldn’t think to look for it in Austin, Texas. You would think to look in San Francisco, New York or even Seattle. But on the South side of Austin between a flying pizza shop and a wine bar sits Ramen Tatsu-ya.
This one is for the guys.
Sweet Ritual is that mom and pop shop that went new century and is run by two sexy women who hand you vegan ice cream.
Sometimes you just happen into a place that feels like home. For Jason and I this is a place where food takes us back to memories. You are in the chef’s head. Inception but with restaurants on every dream layer. We eat their food and feel like we are in the their mind tasting it together. This is the flavor you get at Crossroads Farm to Truck. When eating Danielle and Wayne’s quinoa laab we felt like we were in Thailand with them, laughing and licking spices from our lips. The husband and wife team have a combined experience of more than twenty years and spent those years traveling and tasting the world. Their dishes have layers of flavors and texture that are balanced with talent.
6 am always felt so far away. Our crew was only three. We had our window person, grill person, and cold line. We had music blasting and a huge crowd outside. It’s 1:30 in the morning. What are we doing? Well it’s 2014 and we are working downtown on the Chi’lantro food truck. We are known as one of the best at what we do. Kimchi fry after Kimchi fry taco after taco. You dream about it. This is what we did. This is what we loved.
After interviewing these amazing chefs around Austin and letting you know about them, we also want to give you a taste of what they do. We asked Chef Darci for a recipe for her brighteningly sweet watermelon lemonade. After leaving I have to admit I left the watermelon slice in there, and it flavored my water all day as I refilled it.
Jason and I spent hours debating if we should go with the oldest food truck in Austin, or even the most popular for our first interview. To use our connections in the food scene for a sexy intro was against our idea of this blog. We do not want to feed you the same interview you have seen again and again. We want to show where the food scene was, where it is, and the grit of where it is going. We chose a food truck that tells the future, but has a strong beginning. Chef Darci was chosen for Austin Texas Food’s first interview because she embodies what we love about food. A passion for flavor and for where that flavor comes from.