When I think of athletes who leave the sport they love and try and work on a new venture, cupcakes are something that I would never think would be an option. But when I sat down with current NFL player Brian Orakpo there was something that I saw in his eyes. The man is 6’4 and huge, but when he talked about watching a little … Continue reading A New Chapter in Life: Gigi’s Cupcakes
South Austin is not like most of Austin. When it comes to BBQ there is no shortage of places to visit. With places like Valentina’s, Louie’s, and Leroy and Lewis do we need more BBQ places? I don’t know. This week I had the opportunity to visit Whitfield’s in South Austin. Located on Brodie lane and Davis. Whitfield’s is owned by former Texas Longhorn … Continue reading My first look at Whitfield’s
All over Austin we have great BBQ joints. From the kings of BBQ there’s Franklins, Valentina’s, Freedmans, and La Barbecue. There are so many places to claim to be the best, but thats not what we are talking about today. Louie’s, owned by Luis Vasquez, has opened their new spot at St. Elmo Market 4329 S. Congress. They were previously located in Sunset Valley, which … Continue reading Louie’s, the new Prince of BBQ
Heart beating fast, sweat is dripping from your forehead. You wonder if people will like what you are creating. You look at your staff and think is this the right crew? Are these the people I want to go into battle with? Walk into the walk in. Do a final count on everything. Make sure prep is done properly. Ok, we got this. Lets do it. Open the doors! These are thoughts right before you open your doors when you are opening a restaurant. You think about every detail. What will be the first impression from the first customer. Its extremely hard to open a restaurant. Its not easy by any means. I have had the privilege and honor to open many restaurants. This week along with a really good friend. We tried P.Terry’s new concept Taco Ranch. It has taken me a couple of days to think about what I wanted to say. Talking it over Ainsley and having her remind me of why we decided to have the blog we have. I feel that I need to speak the truth of my experience. Not just my own. But those that I have heard from other ” foodies”. Here we go.
Monday we are closed. It’s a day that most restaurants are closed. Its a day of rest. A day to regroup. Many service industry workers spend Sunday nights drinking the night away and partying like its a Saturday night. But for some chefs, it’s another long day at the restaurant.