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Mick Vann

Mick Vann is a retired Austin chef who is a food writer and restaurant critic, cookbook author, restaurant consultant, and recipe developer. He moonlights as a University of Texas horticulturist with a propensity for ethnic eats and international food, particularly of the Asian persuasion, but he also knows his way around a plate of soul food or barbecue.

32 articles in 2005

The Arab Table: Recipes & Culinary Traditions

Gift guide

Food Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing

Food Feature, Dec. 2, 2005


Food Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

T's Cafe

A safari in Pflugerville

Food Review, Nov. 18, 2005

Split Parties

Away from the table, several sides to the tipping story

Food Feature, Nov. 4, 2005

Gratuitous Advice, Rants, and Revelations

Food Feature, Nov. 4, 2005

NG House

NG House is a blessing to Chinese food aficionados in Austin, especially South Austin

Food Review, Oct. 21, 2005

Sausage Shrines

A pilgrimage

Food Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Learn Your EATs

An epicurean orientation for students new and returning, but also for ACL visitors and recently arrived residents

Food Feature, Sep. 23, 2005

Well Connected

Shalimar's extensive menu shows the many influences of Pakistani-Indo fare

Food Feature, Sep. 9, 2005

Tino's Greek Cafe

The concept is genius, and there's actually more there than meets the eye

Food Review, Sep. 9, 2005

Searing Memories

On the occasion of the 15th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival, some chile-pepper reflections

Food Feature, Aug. 26, 2005

Excellence as Custom

Traveling Tien Jin's menu

Food Feature, Aug. 19, 2005

Combination Punch

Sushi Japon puts it all together with restraint and good taste

Food Feature, Jul. 29, 2005

Indian Palace

The land of milk and honey down Far West

Food Review, Jul. 22, 2005

Sawadee Thailand

Sawadee in Thai means 'hello,' and Sawadee Thailand restaurant is the ideal introduction to the cuisine of the Land of Smiles for the uninitiated

Food Review, Jun. 24, 2005

The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters

Food Feature, May. 27, 2005

La Cocina de Mamá: The Great Home Cooking of Spain

Food Feature, May. 27, 2005

Le Soleil

The vast majority of the customers are Vietnamese, which is something we love to see

Food Review, May. 13, 2005

El Borrego de Oro No. 2

El Borrego de Oro No. 1 is in Red Rock, halfway between Lockhart and Bastrop, but from the tastes at unit dos, we would have expected it to be somewhere deep in Mexico

Food Review, May. 13, 2005

The Empress

Austin restaurateur Suzi Yi shares her story

Food Feature, May. 6, 2005

Java Noodles

Hearty, affordable fare that won't cost more than the pocket change left over after your visit with the tax man

Food Feature, Apr. 15, 2005


Food Feature, Apr. 15, 2005

Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom

From shoe-shopping to problematic ordering to reasonably good refueling

Food Review, Apr. 1, 2005


Inside the new Whole Foods

Food Feature, Mar. 25, 2005

World Foods

Food Feature, Mar. 25, 2005

In Print

Two books, one old and one new, zero in on seafood and soups

Food Feature, Feb. 18, 2005

All Good Thoughts, All Good Food

The symbolism and celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese new year

Food Feature, Feb. 4, 2005

Tet in Austin

Food Feature, Feb. 4, 2005

Austin Land & Cattle Co.

Rounding up the Austin steak house scene

Food Feature, Jan. 14, 2005

JC's Bar & Grill

Food Feature, Jan. 14, 2005

Outback Steakhouse

Food Feature, Jan. 14, 2005

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