What are induction stoves? Some might argue that they’re the best thing since sliced bread, myself included.
Induction burners (also known as induction hobs in the UK) use a magnetic coil to excite electrons in any magnetic pot or pan, which leads to heating food quickly, efficiently, and with a great deal of digital control.
What’s so great about induction stoves? What do you need to know before you start using one? Here are 12 things I’ve learned after using them (and loving them) for over a year.
Read more about fast and efficient induction stoves in the full post
Is a pressure cooker worth it? And what are the pros and cons of an electric vs stovetop pressure cooker? Is a pressure cooker dangerous? I too once wondered about all of these things before falling in love with my Instant Pot.
It’s undeniable that the cooking world is fully mixed, stirred, and folded together with modern technology. At my house, the kitchen is packed full of digital scales, stoves, microwaves, rice cookers, and sous vide devices that all help us cook more precisely. At your place, you might even have a Wi-Fi enabled coffee pot, a smart crockpot, or a fridge that connects to the internet.
These gadgets are great, but they don’t help overcome the biggest drawback off cooking at home… the time it takes to prepare meals.
Secret to cooking fast = pressure cooking
An electric pressure cooker can cut cooking time on stews from 8 hours to just one, and it makes it easy to perfectly steam veggies and prepare fall-off-the bone meats in no time.
Read more about electric pressure cookers
Home meal delivery services… are they worth it? And which food delivery company is best?
Thanks to quick, inexpensive mail delivery, by now you know someone who’s used a home subscription service for groceries, clothes, shaving supplies, makeup, dog toys, or movies (remember when everyone got Netflix DVDs mailed to them?).
In the last year or two, home meal delivery subscriptions have picked up steam (pun intended). Services like Blue Apron and Plated promise high quality, easily-to-prepare dishes with recipies designed by chefs… all from the comfort of your own home.
Click to find out if Blue Apron or Plated is better!
When you buy a Sous vide immersion circulator like the ones from Anova or Nomiku, you need a good container to cook your food in. The manufacturers say you can clip their devices to the side of any pot, but cooking that way presents 3 big problems.
Learn more about the best sous vide cooking container
Counter 3.Five.VII Review – Austin, Texas
It’s not every day that you get to be one of the first customers at a new restaurant in town. Last week we celebrated a special birthday at the newly opened Counter 3.Five.VII, a very small, high end fixed menu restaurant where you literally sit at a bar inches away from all of the chefs doing their thing.
As the name of the restaurant implies, you can choose from prix fixe menus that either have 3, 5, or 7 courses.
Find out what we thought of this new restaurant in Austin!
What is Peruvian food?
That’s the first question most people have when they are introduced to this South American cuisine. Let’s start with what it is not.
Peruvian food is NOT Mexican food or Tex-Mex! You will not find any tortillas, enchiladas, or tacos in Peruvian cuisine. You will find a lot grilled meat dishes accompanied with veggies / garnishes, seafood, corn, potatoes, yucca, and rice, usually served with delicious sauces. You will even find Chinese influence in the cuisine (I know, I was surprised too).
While I’m no expert, I have a feeling that most in Austin are not familiar with Peruvian food. This post is a quick intro to Peruvian cuisine in ATX, written by someone who has recently learned about the cuisine and has been introduced to these delicious new flavors by a couple of Peruvian friends.
Click here to learn more about Peruvian food in Austin!
If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for new restaurants and food experiences in Austin Texas… and one of the best tools to keep tabs on what all your foodie friends are eating is Instagram.
Everyone knows that Instagram is great for sharing pictures, but for me the best way to find new people and restaurants is by taking advantage of hashtags.
So, What are some of the best Austin Food hashtags to use and follow?
Two that I like a lot are:
Besides the benefits of finding new food, there’s an added bonus of getting more exposure for your social media accounts… especially when using #Austin360Eats.
Addie Broyles of the Austin American Statesman created this hashtag a while back… and every week she likes to feature the Austin food and the people behind the hashtag.
Recently myself (@supertsai) and @mjsoko were featured in the Relish Austin blog for our photos from Taqueria La Escondida and the brand new Patika coffee bar on South Lamar (one of our new favorite spots). If you want to be featured too, just tag all of your food photos on Instagram with #Austin360Eats.
So, if you’re looking get more eyeballs on your Instagram account, or make new friends, make sure to check out both #AustinFood and #Austin360Eats. There’s thousands of pictures under each hashtag, so there’s lots of new things to discover.
Got any other cool hashtags to share? Let us know in the comments…
I live next door to Austin’s only Paleo trailer, Picnik, and they sell a novel new drink called butter coffee. After walking the dogs by the sign for butter coffee at least a dozen times, we decided to take the plunge to see what this new trendy drink is all about.
Butter coffee is pretty much what it sounds like – it’s coffee and butter blended together with some additional MCT coconut oil extract that is supposed to be very nutritious for you and good for your brain.
So what’s the big deal about butter coffee?
Click here to read about Butter Coffee in Austin
Before the Internet came along, it wasn’t very easy to find other folks with the same interests. Luckily, we now live in a 24/7 connected world and the smartphone app age, so we don’t have that problem any longer.
Two of Austin’s most prominent food writers, Matthew Odam and Addie Broyles have been connecting foodies in the city for years now via their blogs on the Austin American Statesman.
Recently, I was fortunate to be featured by both of them… I was interviewed on Addie’s Relish Austin blog about how Instagram helps foodies find each other, and I hung out with Matthew Odam to talk about Chinese food in Austin, just in time for Chinese New Year.
With Matthew, we chatted about Austin’s Asian food scene over lunch at Rice Bowl Cafe, one of my favorite Chinese / Taiwanese spots in the city to give advice on his
roundup of Chinese restaurants in Austin.
To find more foodies in Austin that are on Instagram, follow the #Austin360Eats hashtag, check out Addie’s blog link above, or check out my list of Austin foodies on Instagram.
My first rule of ethnic cuisine is simple.
An ethnic restaurant is much more likely to serve delicious, authentic food when people of that culture are enthusiastically cooking, serving, and eating the food. Bonus points if they are primarily speaking the language of that culture. Super bonus points if they have either a secret ethnic menu or non translated menu items.
If an ethnic restaurant meets none of these criteria, it’s likely to suck. You wouldn’t want to eat at a Mexican restaurant in China where the waiter doesn’t even know what a taco is…. would you? (I think they called it a meat onion wrap)
I actually ate at exactly a place like this in 2000 and it was the worst Mexican culinary experience of my life. I don’t think the restaurant owners had ever eaten good Mexican food before, but then again none of their (very few) clients had either.
Ordering Mexican food in Chinese (no English or Spanish on the menu), eating cheese made by people who don’t eat cheese, and the ensuing stomach problems were all NO BUENO.
Read more about the First rule of ethnic cuisine by clicking here!