New Southbound Food This Saturday at 5PM on 740 KTRH – The Home of Shara Fryer!!

Quick Hitters and Random Thoughts 

–Special Edition Easter Southbound Food Show this week with lots of Easter egg dying tips and what to do with all those Cadbury eggs!  Maybe not.  Maybe it’s just the usual crew cracking open some pinot noirs with Lindsay Woodard (listen here) from Retour Wines, catching up with Paul Qui (listen here)and visiting with Judy Camarena (escuchar aqui) from Taqueria Arandas.  Next week we might talk food or we might spend the entire hour recounting the events of this week’s Game of Thrones season three premiere and the  fact it was easier to procure Divine Reserve 13 than procure Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
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Eating Our Words with a look at 5 special edition Easter candies.  White chocolate carrot cake M&M’s.  Um, no.

Peep-infused vodka anyone?  Anyone?  Hello?  Is this thing on?
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Bonus points for having the Peeps colored as their respective Reservoir Dog character names.

Head here if you want to get some eating out ideas from the 2013 Best of Las Vegas.  I know there are some places listed that won Reader’s Choice awards that I’d like to visit on my next trip.  Personally I like hitting RM Seafood for, well seafood.  However, this Red Lobster place that won Best Seafood sounds interesting.  Hopefully I’ll have some room leftover for some authentic Italian at the Best Italian winner, Olive Garden.

–Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs.  Reality show.  Sorry, but it’s only at the pilot stage right now, but I’m sure it’ll get picked up soon enough because, well because we’ve already hit the saturation point on celebrity diving shows.

–A Tumblr dedicated to Activities Described by Cook’s Illustrated.  Por ejemplo:
“A tall glass of water, spackled with condensation, is one of life’s plainest and greatest refreshments. But too often a lingering aftertaste and an off ratio of cooling factor to thirst leads to subpar water-drinking experiences. Variable issues of contamination and regional quality aside, we concentrated our efforts on the fields of flavor and temperature.”

–It probably won’t be until sometime in 2015 when I’ll be able to find Esquire Network on my TV (still probably sooner than I’ll have Comcast Sports), but this The Getaway might be a keeper unlike Ilan Hall’s Knife Fight.  Anyway, The Getaway sounds like Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover, but with celebrities.  I’m in for the Joel McHale and Aziz Ansari episodes.  The others, eh.

–I’ve been fortunate enough to have my own or other people’s birthdays to celebrate at The Pass a few times since it opened.  The freakin’ lobster roll and that eggplant carpaccio.  Yes.
The Pass put together a nice little video of the Ham & Eggs course.

HAM + EGGS from Seth Siegel-Gardner on Vimeo.

–Mount Vernon to sell unaged rye whskey using George f’n Washington’s recipe?  Put me down as a yes.  $95 a bottle.  Um, make that a maybe.

In things I meant to post a week ago…

–I just got back from San Francisco, but didn’t run into these Girl Scout Cookie beers that now someone in Houston will be forced to make.  It sounds very Eatsie Boys to me.

–How do you know if your friends are really your friends unless you test them?  Great ad, if you can call it that, for Carlsberg.

–I’m sure somebody is buying these Gwyneth Paltrow cookbooks, but I can’t imagine why.  Although I do like that Eater pulls the best lines.  They pulled some classics out of her My Father’s Daughter including this gem:
“One evening when I had my wood-burning stove going I realized I hadn’t thought of dessert.”  Love that one because honestly that’s happened to all of us at one point or another.
Her new book is (deep breath) It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.
On vegan avocado toast: “…but really it’s the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado, and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans.”  Uh-huh.
“This recipe was inspired by a meal I had made by [Bush lead singer] Gavin Rossdale (yes, he looks like that and he can cook).”
She also calls Cameron Diaz “a master popcorn maker.”
I assume whoever had to read the entire cookbook for Eater got the rest of the week off.

–Honestly I’m not sure what took bacon taco shells this long…
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New SBF Saturday at 5 on 740AM! Update: Just Kidding

Oh man, ever since 740 AM re-assigned Milo Hamilton from the Astros to weekend board op our shows have repeated on more than one occasion.  Anyway, the below segments will air next week.  And yes probably the week after that.

Shepard Ross and Jeff Axline from Brooklyn Athletic Club - Listen to this and then go listen to the Divine Fits which was the excellent bumper music Frank picked out.  Divine Fits at SXSW, but not at FPSF :(

Gang from the Houston Barbecue Festival - HouBBQ.com for all the deets.  People still say deets, right?  No?  Oh.

Brandon Young from Moon Tower Inn - The easily excitable Brandon Young gets everybody all amped up.

–We’ll have the Eatsie Boys back on the show soon so we can finally talk about the release of their long-awaited beers from the awesomely named 8th Wonder Brewery.  Big fan of the Intellectuale.  The last time we had Ryan and Matt on they said they actually had people tell them Dome Foam wasn’t a good idea for a name for a beer.  Those people were obviously dead wrong and this week they tweeted a possible collaboration with Moon Tower on a Dome Foam.  Hell yes.

Obligatory Johnny Manziel link for Bryan.  SI talking about Johnny and company as they hit spring football.

Dumbass of the Week comes to us from Lakewood, Colorado.  ‘Twas there that Brianna Priddy was plowing through another waitressing shift at Applebee’s while dealing with the fact she had her wallet stolen and someone was writing bad checks everywhere in her name.  So she probably wasn’t in a great mood when a table of four came in and started ordering, well, whatever people at Applebee’s order.  I guess a margarita was among the items so when Brianna ID’d our dumbass, said dumbass handed Brianna her stolen driver’s license.  I can’t believe this didn’t happen in Florida.  Anyway, Brianna played it cool and walked straight to the phone and called the cops.  Just how much of a dumbass is this woman?  Well she’s 26.  Awesome.

Still no crown crust pizza from Pizza Hut in the U.S., but if you really hate yourself you can travel up to Canada now for this crap.
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–While we’re on the subject of what keeps Americans obese, Denny’s is bringing back its Baconalia menu.  Below would be the Caramel Bacon Stuffed French and I can’t even finish typing the rest.
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Make sure you also leave room for their Bacon Pepper Jack Tilapia and BBQ Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese Bites.

–Maybe you remember Beverly Kim from two seasons ago on Top Chef.  She’s the one that was the target of the almost cartoonish villain-y Heather.  The Chicago Tribune catches up with her at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts where she teaches.  According to her she came out of the show with “post-traumatic stress disorder.”  If anyone would have come out of Top Chef with that it would have been her.

–If somehow you’re not tired of Gordon Ramsay he was interviewed by Men’s Health and apparently said some very Ramsay-ish things.  I don’t know.  I had my fill of him years ago. I will say those old BBC Kitchen Nightmares were gold.

–Buzzfeed with a look in the day in the life of a professional cannabis baker.  It will immediately make you want something a little sweet and a whole lot of cannabis-y…or maybe that’s just me.

It’s A Streak! Another Southbound Food This Saturday at 5 on 740AM.

 Stuff

–Interesting and unfulfilling twist to the Top Chef finale with a faux Iron Chef between Kristen and Brooke.  I thought the presentation of everything was very clumsy as it related to the viewer.  We just kind of got dropped into the event without much preparation or explanation.  I like the planning with the sous chefs much less the actual selection so to be cheated on all that was weak.  I also didn’t like the fact that I knew the outcome beforehand because there was five minutes left in the show and they had no time for a dessert round so it wasn’t exactly hard to figure out Kristen was going to take it home.  I would’ve included the dessert round and done it up with points to have some suspense, but maybe they thought that would be too Iron Chef-y.  I don’t know.  I do know Kristen and Brooke are both pretty bad ass.  I also know Last Chance Kitchen is still b.s., but Kristen shouldn’t have been eliminated in the first place.   The Daily Show with a lot on something called a sequester, but a little (the 1:30 mark) on Top Chef, Last Chance Kitchen, and the one and only Josie.

–Anthony Bourdain on Archer was as good as you’d expect as a character named “Bastard Chef” to be.
ABBAB: “Always be berating and belittling” – TV chef words to live by
I love how Ron always takes crackers and jellies with him out to restaurants in case the food takes a little while.  Awesome.

Why wouldn’t you want to read anything about Aubrey Plaza much less her eating habits? From Bon Appetit.

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Finding out Mark Wahlberg and Diddy are coming out with their own water has completely ruined other waters for me.

–Bryan Caswell is in, um, well somewhere where Red Boat fish sauce flows freely and there are many unusual varieties of seafood.  @Wholefish’s timeline has been great.
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Now remind me to ask him if the Edward Lee he’s with on this trip is the same Edward Lee I saw on trademark records for “Gangnam Style Hot Wings”

–How did I go this long without seeing this ad?

–If you haven’t been to the rodeo yet and you don’t get nauseous easily then the Chron.com has a look at some of the rodeo foods like deep fried Fruity Pebbles. Houston Press with more rodeo offerings to the gods of deep fried stuffs and bacon, lots of bacon.

–On the show this week we have Shepard Ross and Jeff Axline from Brooklyn Athletic Club, Brandon Young from Moontower and the guys heading up Houston’s BBQ Festival.  You might as well listen because we’ll probably be off the air the next month.