Super Happy Food Truck Joy Explosion Time

Houston has food trucks.  These are some of their stories…

This guy named Bryan Caswell started a radio show called Southbound Food several years ago.  He decided to make his first appearance of 2014 this week.  It appears he hasn’t made an appearance at a barber shop since 2011.

Ray Rodriguez from Foreign Policy brought that donut bacon cheeseburger and his optimistic happy attitude almost rubbed off on me.  Almost.
forein policy

Food truck sherpa Paul Galvani author of Houston’s Top 100 Food Trucks brought us a couple books which were fought over in violent fashion.

Next up was Don Schoenberg from Gastro Punk.  Suicide Burger is the best burger name I’ve heard in a while.  Grilled Blue Cheese for the cheese win.

Michaela Betton from the aptly named Betton’s Comfort Food on the show.  Play “guess the accent” along with us.  Here’s hoping she continues to do more food from her original home.

The crunching sound you may periodically hear in the background is from Lance chomping on the chicken wings from Sticky’s Chicken.  Benson shares his story of postal worker to food truck operator.

It took a while, but food truck parks have finally been popping up around town.  Ren Garrett and her brother Craig Garrett have given us Midtown Mobile Cuisine.

–The KFC Double Down is back because as you know we conquered that little obesity problem we had.  These chicken corsages are pretty sweet though.

–If you’re not watching, and you should be, Hannibal is fantastic.  The best visual storytelling on television right now bar none.  Yeah, he cooks a lot of humans, but he does it so damn elegantly.  A look at Hannibal in the kitchen.

Neil’s Bahr8th Wonder and a Dynamo game sounds like a good day.  Gonna be a lot of Dome Faux’m going down this summer.

–It ain’t Good Eats, but it is Alton Brown with a You Tube channel that looks like Good Eats.  Mustard caddy – so simple.  Why have I not done this?

–Because Colorado is cooler than your state it has marijuana vending machines.

Wired with a look at how Cadbury makes its terrible crème eggs that people shovel into their mouths this time of year.  Mmmmm, “proprietary goo.”

–Gotta love Houston Eater with a map of 10 places to eat rabbit in Houston.

This Week or Last Week or Whenever – Pico’s Mex Mex and Etoile!

Lance and Danny touch on a little of this and a little of that, mostly that.

Jenny, Lance, and Danny share happy hour and patio thoughts because ‘tis the season.  ‘Tis always the season for happy hour or social hour or forget about work hour or just don’t want to go home hour or flirt with your co-worker hour.

Chef Philippe Verpiand talks with the guys about all things EtoileIf you listen really closely I think you’ll be able to tell that Philippe is not a native Texan.  It’s hard to pick up at first.

From Pico’s Mex Mex Arnaldo Richards stops by to tell us about the move to Kirby and something I had never heard of – tequila lockers.

–If you haven’t checked out twitter’s first tweet tool you should.  My first tweet was regarding breast milk cheese, which sounds about right.  First We Feast went back to look at some of first tweets of the food world from Guy Fieri “finally postin on the big T” to Paula Deen tweeting about the opening of her newest buffet, because duh.

–18-inch corndog stuffed with cheese and bacon?!  Must be getting close to baseball season.  This monstrosity is the D-bat dog from the Diamondbacks.  Because that wouldn’t be quite enough on its own this bad boy comes with fries.

–Pretty funny list Hugh Acheson tweeted out the other night of 10 Things to Tell Young Chefs.

When he’s not playing lockdown defense (so like a lot of the time) James Harden listens to Southbound Food so why don’t you?*

*James Harden may or may not listen to Southbound Food.  I mean he does have headphones on a lot when he walks into arenas so, you know, there’s a chance…

Heights-centric show this week:  

Lance, Frank and the devastatingly handsome Danny kick things off with Morgan Weber, Ryan Pera, and Jeb Stuart to talk all things Coltivare.  Another segment with the guys to hit on the beverage program and more pizza talk because you can never have enough pizza talk.  Really excited to hit this place this weekend.  Hopefully it’ll be their first patio weekend.

Alli Jarrett and Antoine Ware brought some fantastic shrimp creole tamales and we hit on all the aspects of Heights General Store including its legendary location and what parts of the South the menu recognizes.

John Healy visits from Hoopes, Hoopla, and Liparita in Napa, so yeah, wine talk ensues.

Last week’s show:  

Executive Chef Bob Iacovone joined the Lance and the devastatingly handsome Danny (who keeps doing that?) to talk about the long winding road of Fish & Knife’s construction and recent opening.
Taylor Byrne-Dodge and Sam Ray didn’t bring wine :(
but did bring lots of information on the Champion Wine Garden at the Rodeo.

Cool list in Texas Monthly that J.C. Reid put together with Chris Shepherd.  Twenty dishes that represent Houston.  Best part?  It’s not a slideshow.  Houston Press would have had this thing on 87 different pages.

–I guess I found a reason to find Esquire Network on my cable.  Chris Shepherd is going to do battle on Ilan Hall’s Knife Fight show.  Greg Morago with the details on his Shepherd’s collaboration series at Underbelly which looks phenomenal.

Basically just get everything at Killen’s BBQ.

–The world of flavored vodkas is not a world I can pretend to understand.  Absolut Texas?!



“Hey Danny, do you want go to this seminar?”
“Nah, I’m goo…”
“It’s in Houston Center.”
“DOOZO!!! I mean, yeah, sure I’ll go if it means that much to the firm”
Damn I miss downtown lunch walks to Doozo for vegetable dumplings and hot ‘n’ sour soup.

–Yeah, I’m going to need this espresso from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.

Naming your food truck Cock Asian is frowned upon?

–I’ve tried to watch Cutthroat Kitchen a couple of times, but it’s just not for me.  It is for this Triniti sous chef so I guess I’ll at least DVR on March 16th.

–“Recovery ale”?  Call a post-workout beer whatever you want, just tell me it’s good for me.

–“Artisanal salami using celebrity DNA samples”?!  Look I’d like to get closer to Jennifer Lawrence too, but I’m not sure this is the right way to go about it.


Two Segments Each with The Corduas and Houston Press’s Kaitlin Steinberg

Kaitlin joins Lance, Frank and Danny in the opening segment to talk a little about her background before I asked her how much weight she gained in the first few months on the job here.  Thankfully she did not punch me.

You wanted sex in restaurant bathrooms talk and we obliged.  There’s other stuff we talked about to like the magic of turning a Top 10 list into 15 page clicks.  I kid.  I kid.

Michael and David Cordua hit on the new Churrascos Memorial City location and the new menu that rolled out at all the Churrascos.

This time around the dulcet tones of Michael Cordua tell us about their new cookbook Corduas: Foods of the Americas.

New…ish Southbound Food Sunday at 11AM on 740AM

Is this the worst segment of Southbound Food ever?  Were Frank and Danny going for that?  Was Dr. Pepper a fizzicist?

Frank and Danny talk with the guys from Max’s Wine Dive as the new Montrose location opens up at Fairview and Taft.  

Next up is Jared Estes from the newly opened Cook and Collins.  Gotta get me some of that pink lemonade ice box pie.  Love the chow chow in the black eyed pea hummus.

The DangeRuss Dog from the Seahawks.  Gotta love the team colored tortilla strips.

–Jelly Belly with draft beer and chocolate covered tabasco flavors?!

Mountain Dew flavored Cheetos?!  Stay crazy, Japan.

–Danny went to Uchi.  He took pictures.  These are them.
Smithsonian with the investigative report you didn’t know you needed on Pow! – the forgotten Rice Krispies mascot.

–This is how you advertise…

Make Southbound Your Pregame for NFL Conference Championship Sunday Because, Well, Just Because!

******EVERY SUNDAY AT 11AM ON 740AM*****

Drew Rogers from Drew’s Pastry Place joined Danny and Jenny to talk about his upcoming appearance on Bakery Boss and his hate-hate-like relationship with cupcakes.

Former Samba Grille and Alma chef David Guerrero talked with us about his latest venture, Andes Café.  Looking forward to checking it out because I miss those damn ceviches that he rolled out at Samba.

–The answer is no.  The question is “Do we really need another Top Chef spinoff?”  Top Chef Extreme.  Oh joy.  I’ve really found it hard to watch the last couple of seasons. 

–An Honest Beer Commercial indeed.

Gratifi on Restaurant Impossible?  Never liked the name change from Ziggy’s.

Culture Map’s Eric Sandler with a story on the newest coffee shop that takes a page out of Gale “Major Tom” Boetticher’s book on how to make coffee Breaking Bad style.  Interesting.  Siphon Coffee will open up in the Montrose area around the first of March.

–Uh, no Dresstiez.

–Of course Seattle is offering a Beast Burger complete with a side of Skittles in honor of Marshawn Lynch.

File under “neighborly”
–Sleep well tonight America, the Swiss Cheese Pervert has been apprehended!


We Decided Not To Blog Until The Texans Won Again, But…

We start the new year off right this Sunday morning at 11AM on 740A to the motherf’n M with the chefs from Caracol and 60 Degrees Mastercrafted.

Fritz Gitschner from 60 Degrees Mastercrafted joins us to talk about the recent opening of his restaurant and, of course, the infamous $200 bistro burger.

Hugo was kind enough to treat us to turtle soup and Caracol’s El Coco dessert.  A couple of segments with Hugo to talk all things Caracol, Hugo’s, and Backstreet.SBF 2

–The Oh You So Crazy Japan story of the week comes to us from, well, Japan.  Cheese from a squeezable packet for McDonald’s cheese fries?  Yeah, um, you can keep that one Japan.

–There are tough decisions in life and then there’s which Kentucky bourbon to select as my Justified companion and which scotch as my Archer companion.

–Honestly a Burrito ATM took far too long. Gotta love the option to watch a movie trailer while you wait the minute for the burrito.

–It’s just a matter of time before this weed food pairing menu in Colorado becomes a reality.  For my wallet’s sake the last place I’d want to get high in is a sushi restaurant.

Receipt of the Week.  That’s a lot of mayo.

–One Minute In Mexico from Perennial Plate.  Want.

One Minute in Mexico from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

I heart Hughie’s.

–Two words that nobody wants to hear during football season. Velveeta shortage.

–Oh, so tipping in the form of crystal meth is frowned upon?

–This has nothing to do with food and everything to do with an awesome cover of Dance Yrself Clean from MS MR.

Southbound as Pregame at 11AM Sundays >>> 610 Pregame

Lance, Frank, and Danny open up the show with a little review of the fried foods at the State Fair and a quick look at Alison Cook’s Top 100.  We will have Alison back on the September 29th show.

Next up we talk to Staci Davis from Radical Eats which recently moved to Roots Bistro’s old space on Westheimer.  Warning: segment may not be suitable for children what with all the bee molestation talk.

Jenny joins us with her thoughts on Radical Eats’ brunch and other brunchy talk.

Jody Stevens brought cupcakes so she gets to talk about whatever she wants.  In this case it’s a great upcoming event she’s spearheading in Houston to raise awareness and money for The Montrose Center.  It’s happening on Sunday September 22nd.  Details here.  Texas Monthly with a write-up of this as well.

Scientific American gets all Scientific American on bourbon and whiskey.  Can you imagine the whiskey that Walter White could produce?

–In case you haven’t seen this yet…

–Funny or Die’s entry…

Honest Scarecrow – watch more funny videos

–I’m fascinated by the Master Sommelier exam so I’ve been looking forward to Somm.  It did not disappoint.  I would have nightmares about a tasting test with Fred Dame.  I would hate Ian on a reality show, but I kind of liked him on this.  No matter what wine I next have I’m definitely using “freshly opened can of tennis balls” and “granny’s purse” as smell descriptors.

I, for one, salute this hot dog man at Detroit’s Comerica Park for getting ornery when customers would ask for ketchup instead of mustard.  Apparently there were some complaints and this American hero was fired.

–If you’re really bored you can do what this guy did and order every sandwich at McDonald’s and combine them all into a one gigantic waste of $140.


Mosquitoes are kinda dicks

I had some important things in my life that recently took precedent over updating the website, yes mostly, fantasy football drafts.  Nevertheless…

Lance, Bryan and Frank open up last week’s show with LZ talking about his trip to Portland.

Next up the conversation among the trio turns to the Bizarre Foods episode that highlighted Houston.  I believe Bryan was described as “a good ol’ boy who cooks with the soul of a poet” which is one of the nicer things ever said about him.

John Sheely from Mockingbird Bistro joins us to talk about his new one Osteria Mazzanti.

Sean Beck and company come in to hit on the upcoming Iron Somm competition.

Two weeks ago Bryan and Lance were out so that left Frank and me (Danny) with Downhouse/D&T/Sugar and Rice/Hunky Dory Chris Cusack and Sir Richard Knight.  Hilarity ensued.  Opening segment with them.  Next we got into more Hunky Dory specifics.  Jenny joined us all for the final segment to review her trip to Bordeaux.

Bryan Ogden joined us to talk about the new restaurants he’s bringing to town including Funky Chicken.

Gotta love this from Sports on Earth which picked a beer for every NFL team.  Texans = Saint Arnold’s Fancy Lawnmower.  Cowboys = Budweiser.  Sounds right to me.  Though you could have put the Texans on 7-11 brand beer if they had continued down that 28-7 road they started on Monday.  By the way, a Lawnmower was also the drink of choice of Don Swayze on The Bridge last week.

–It’s that time of year when Texas prepares for deep fried madness at the State Fair.  This year’s finalists have been selected.  Culture Map Dallas has the complete rundown.  I’ll pass on Awesome Deep Fried Nutella.  If you like complete meals deep friend then there are King Ranch Casserole and Thanksgiving Dinner options.  On the latter, “Mama’s homemade stuffing and diced roasted turkey are rolled in a ball.   Next it’s dipped in southern cream corn and rolled in seasoned corn meal – all fried to a crispy golden brown.”  I’m not sure how something as simple as Spinach Dip Bites made it to the finals.  Chicken Fried Meatloaf and Texas Fried Fireball round out the list.  The Fireball is basically deep fried pimento cheese which isn’t a bad thing, well maybe for your overall health but State Fair fat and calories don’t count, I’m pretty sure.

UPDATE: A deep fried Cuban roll won Best Taste while the deep fried Thanksgiving Dinner won Most Creative.

Deep-fried soup at KFC – Oh Japan, you so crazy.

Might have to shell out the $22 for this cookbook of Houston food truck recipes.

–Nothing need more be said.

–Slideshow warning: Daily Meal with a look at the 35 best tacos in America. El Real, Bob’s Taco Station, and Torchy’s all on the list.  Breakfast tacos not included or else I’d be exclaiming Villa Arcos got screwed out of a spot.

It’s a Cotton Candy Grape Kind of Weekend

The Downhouse, D&T Drive Inn, Sugar and Rice magazine crew joined us to go over all of that.  We’ll have to have Chris, Benjy, and Richard Knight on soon to talk about Hunky Dory because it sounds like it’s going to be fantastic.

The rest of the show Lance, Frank, and I talk a little about this, a little about that, and even this AND that.

–Well-deserved honor for Pass & Provisions being named as one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in Bon Appetit.  Number 6 to be exact.  Telling you that cereal – white gazpacho, yo.

Oral History of the Breakfast Taco sounds like required reading from Texas Monthly.

–Look, if we can’t call 911 for a missing McDouble in our fast food order then why the fu** even have 911?!

Bernie’s Burger Bus inside Reliant is pretty damn sweet.

This Midnight Sticky Rice pop up dinner at D&T Drive Inn next week should be good times.

–Yeah, I’m going to need this Sansaire Sous-Vide Circulator.

–I watched Food Network Star because I’ve got time like that.  I think Damaris was the best out of a bunch, but it’s not like it was some compelling bunch.

–I also checked out Cutthroat Kitchen.  Won’t make that mistake again.  Terrible.

–Until I hit Central Market this weekend I never knew there were cotton candy grapes in this world.  My world has now changed for the better.  The story behind them.  By the way, CM had them at $4 a pound.

–Pretty sure they can’t make a Cheetos flavor I won’t like.  Pepsi-flavored Cheetos?  Nevermind.

—-Uhhh, probably not a good sign for society when date rape-drug detecting cups are a thing.

Coolio is auctioning off the royalty rights to his song, what?, okay songs to further his cookbook series and online cooking show.  Bidding starts at $140,000.  Good luck with that Coolsy.