Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, December 20, 2013
It's the sound of internal cogs turning and the clickety-clickety of a keyboard in fervent use.
Judging only by published posts, a reasonable person might assume I have fallen off the face of the planet, or possibly just been off gallivanting around the town completely having forsaken this little forum known as Full and Content.
A person might think that, but they'd be wrong.
Nope. I haven't been slacking (though I have been doing plenty of gallivanting around town, but that's nothing new). I've been in thinker mode. Planning. Researching. Brushing up on a needed skill or two. Plotting. Brainstorming. Scribbling. Sketching. Generally doing all the things that need to be done before beginning a complete overhaul of a website.
Yep. That's right. Enough of this infuriatingly limited freebie template. It's going to seem a little more quiet than usual for a while longer, but I promise it's not because I have forsaken you. And I have not lost my interest in blabbering on about barbecue, fresh veggies, what completely inappropriate thing was said too loudly while having drinks with friends, how frustrating it can be that my kiddos only want to eat crap, or any of the other things I regularly do in this space. Au contraire. This is happening because I'm cranking this baby up to eleven.
And it's been a long time coming.
Prototyping, building, testing, rebuilding, reshooting, content converting, more testing, and then finally publishing begins as soon as the holiday celebrating is over. I work fast. I work effectively. And I am my own worst nightmare of self-taskmaster. So while there is a lot of behind the scenes work to be done, the quiet will not last forever, and I'll still poke my head in for a quick hello… plus you can always find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I do have a small favor to ask of you. While things are still in wireframe mode, I'd love some informal feedback from people on how you use this site, just to keep in my head while I play with various organizational options. Short and sweet is fine, no need for an essay (unless you want to do that), just let me know what you tend to check out most (or would like to see more or less of), such as:
- browsing photos
- restaurant guides
- specific categories of content (barbecue, CSA, cooking with/for kids, school farm, restaurants, Meatless Monday, etc.)
- anything else you think is relevant
Feel free to leave a comment below or send me your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.
Your input would be much, much appreciated. I would like to make this as relevant to people as possible, and as always I am so grateful for all of you guys and for the community that has built up around this site. Thanks much.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Enough already. Time to get back to clean livin'.
Illness has a way of knocking eating habits completely off kilter. That happens, but I'm ready to get back to normalcy and to actually feeling good. So now that my appetite is beginning to return, it's time to bring back the green smoothies for breakfast.
Friday, December 6, 2013
It's been quiet on the blog, but the sound of hacking coughing has filled my home. I seem to be finally emerging from the bronchitis cave. There hasn't been a whole lot of eating, at home or otherwise, but I did manage to get out for some comfort food here an there, including these bean and cheese nachos from El Azteca.
We're past the Thanksgiving food media onslaught, and a few pieces managed to entertain me in my hydrocodone fog. No heavy food for thought topics this time around, enjoy…
Sunday, December 1, 2013
You still have time to get over to S. 1st street to enjoy the wares at la Barbecue's original location, but today's the last day.
Don't fret, you won't have to wait long to enjoy it again. They reopen on Wednesday, December 4 at 11:00 in their new home at E. 6th and Waller.
Plans are still shaping up, but on Saturday, December 14th the festivities will be amped up for a grand re-opening party with live music and free Saint Arnold beer… and maybe a few other surprises, like a tent for Stellar Gourmet.
Don't miss the fun.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Chili. There aren't many dishes out there more contentious than this one.
I will confess to sometimes enjoying a big bowl of it that contains beans (gasp!), but when I hear tale of people putting it on top of spaghetti I start drawing lines in the sand (I mean, wtf?).
When I make it at home I stick pretty close to tradition, and the variants come only in the form of how much of this or that spice to add and whether or not to serve it on top of Fritos on a particular night. If you happen to be one of those freaks who put it on top of spaghetti, well, more power to you. Whatever floats your boat, as they say. If you're looking for something that wouldn't be likely to raise eyebrows down and over in Terlingua one weekend in November every year, right alongside the Jagermeister shots, leather-skinned men with missing teeth in pink frilly nightgowns, and plenty of sagging, exposed boobies being paraded around on 4-wheelers… well, if that's what you're looking for, then this recipe will fit the bill.
It also happens to be quite tasty and easy to make.
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Photo by Reagan Hackleman|
You've probably seen what's become an iconic photo of the flooding that occurred on Halloween in Austin. Reagan Hackleman braved the rain and wind to snap this shot of the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue along Lady Bird Lake with water up to its waist, among many other provocative photos of the flood.
$1.9 million and counting in damage was caused in Travis county, with 45 homeowners applying for the county's buyout program, and over 450 turning to Austin Disaster Relief Network for help. Here's where you can help.