Ah, brunch, that lovely weekend repast where breakfast meets lunch with a mimosa in one hand and a Bloody Mary in the other, where Eggs Benedict and Crème Brûlée French Toast can share the same buffet line with a steamship round of beef and a mountain of cold boiled shrimp.
For years, Central Texas towns such as Lockhart, Elgin, and Taylor have been home to some justifiably famous barbecue joints. Due to recent developments, tiny Spicewood west of Austin is now a necessary stop on the barbecue trail. Some of these places are of the meat market variety and others are full-service cafes. Whatever your pleasure, here's a partial list of joints within an hour's drive of Austin that were deemed worthy of inclusion in our 1999 Smokin' Hall of Fame.
Austin theatre actor Robert Fisher has the heart of a rock & roller, the work ethic of a medieval craftsman, and the style of a Bob Fosse. Either he's in the wrong business or he is, as playwright Kirk Lynn calls him, "a wonder."
I don't know what to believe about vitamin C! It was always promoted as safe and helpful for flu and colds, and now I hear that it may increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Is it worth that risk just to take care of a cold?
What two new books -- Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America by Jacqueline Barnitz and Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico by Olivier Debroise -- arrive at, like the most chaotic of the Mexican murals, is a body of work that is crammed full of dissonant faces and lives while telling a seductive tale in numerous and curious tongues.