Franklin Barbecue Review And Some Austin MegaDO Fun

Franklin BBQ was definitely a rare treat that I likely wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy had it not been for Austin MegaDO 3. While I wasn’t a huge fan of their brisket, the ribs and turkey were outstanding. Combine that with Hecke Vision at the Alamo Ritz Drafhouse and a party at LIVESTRONG headquarters and it was a memorable weekend.

A New Yorker’s Romance With Texas BBQ: My First (But Certainly Not Last) Visit To Lockhart

It’s been a bit over a month since I enjoyed Hard 8 BBQ with my friend Scott.  Good BBQ is something I didn’t start to appreciate until later in life, but I’m definitely here now. Just over a week ago I had a scheduled trip to fly in to Austin.  I had a scheduled lunch before a drive to San Antonio.  Austin is one of those cities where I’ve rarely (maybe never) had a bad meal.  My lunch partners chose a nice restaurant where I enjoyed a great fresh lunch […]

A New Yorker’s Romance With Texas BBQ

Growing up in NY, real Texas BBQ (pretty much any BBQ for that matter) just wasn’t something I was ever exposed to.  I went to culinary school and was never really exposed to it there, either.  So, I entered adulthood not really understanding what I was missing. The first few times someone dragged me to a BBQ joint when I moved to Virginia the experience consisted of shredded pork (which is pretty popular in that area of the country) or a chain restaurant, neither of which I enjoyed very much. […]

Austin: Hyatt Regency Redux And Some Authentic Texas BBQ

Michelle and I recently took our first extended trip without the kids since our second was born.  We’d taken overnight trips without the kids, but this would be the first trip where we’d sneak away for a long weekend.   We were headed to Austin for a celebration of the 15th anniversary of LIVESTRONG.  And, since it was my wife’s first trip to BBQ country, she wanted some authentic Texas BBQ. This was my second stay at Hyatt Regency Austin.  My first was pretty brief but yielded a nice suite upgrade.  […]