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Claudia Alarcón

Mexico City native Claudia Alarcón has made Austin home since 1984. She worked her way through college in the local restaurant industry, graduating from the University of Texas in 1999. She has been a Chronicle contributor for 15 years and presents lectures and workshops on topics related to the foodways of Mexico, both locally and internationally.

37 articles in 2010

Urban at the Westin

Despite a few kinks left to iron out, Urban is a worthwhile dining destination

Food Review, Dec. 10, 2010

Good Eats 2: The Middle Years

Need help making that Black Friday shopping list? Here's a selection of great cookbook ideas with something to delight any foodie you know.

Food Feature, Nov. 26, 2010

Growing Tasty Tropical Plants: In Any Home, Anywhere.

Laurelynn & Byron Martin

Food Feature, Nov. 26, 2010

An Altar-nate View

Liven up the boo-ring Halloween season with Día de los Muertos celebrations

Food Feature, Oct. 29, 2010

Inside Kate Heyhoe's Skull

Food Feature, Oct. 29, 2010

Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica

Edited by John Edward Staller and Michael Carrasco

Food Feature, Oct. 29, 2010

Zandunga Mexican Bistro

Mi Madre's hermana is growing up

Food Review, Oct. 22, 2010

Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy

Diana Kennedy

Food Feature, Oct. 15, 2010

Behind the Scenes at ACL's Austin Eats

Food Feature, Oct. 8, 2010

Austin Eats Is Now Bigger and Better Than Ever!

If these choices aren't enough for you, we don't know what is

Music Feature, Oct. 8, 2010

Bess Bistro on Pecan

Check out Bess for the welcome atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, and well-executed menu with something for everyone

Food Review, Sep. 24, 2010

The Tigress Bar and Cocktails

The sweetest little bar in town serves up classic cocktails

Food Review, Sep. 17, 2010


The old Whisky Bar location has a ritzy replacement

Food Review, Sep. 17, 2010

Sabores Auténticos de México

This black-tie affair celebrates the anniversary of Mexican independence

Food Feature, Sep. 10, 2010


What first opened as a new home for absinthe has been reimagined as a comfortable and elegant dining destination

Food Feature, Sep. 10, 2010

Hot Sauce Fest Cooking Tent

Food Feature, Aug. 27, 2010

'Chronicle' Critics' Picks for Restaurant and Commercial Hot Sauces 2010

Our critics guarantee these sauces are all delicious and encourage readers to check them out

Food Feature, Aug. 27, 2010

Tacos and Tequila

The fabulous cocktails, cool atmosphere, and plenty of garage parking will make this a favorite spot for meeting friends for drinks

Food Review, Jul. 16, 2010

Preserving the Summer

Food Feature, Jul. 9, 2010

Summer Canning Recipes

Food Feature, Jul. 9, 2010

The Meat House

This new neighborhood butcher shop is one to keep in mind for the upcoming tailgating season

Food Feature, Jul. 9, 2010

Benefit for Oaxaca's MAMAZ Collective

Support contemporary Mexican art and the movement against genetically modified food

Food Feature, Jun. 11, 2010

Blue Bamboo Viet Thai Grill Restaurant

Food Feature, Jun. 4, 2010

Yanagi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Food Feature, Jun. 4, 2010

Hecho en Mexico

Food Feature, Jun. 4, 2010

ATX Delivery

Food Feature, Jun. 4, 2010

Complete Summer Reading

Cookbooks, memoirs, and cultural studies to get you through the summer

Food Feature, May. 28, 2010

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food From Small Spaces


Food Feature, May. 28, 2010

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food


Food Feature, May. 28, 2010

Sushi Takes Over Austin

In a town dominated by Tex-Mex and barbecue, something fishy is happening

Food Feature, May. 21, 2010

Mexican Guayabas Are Here!

Sweet and spicy

Food Feature, Apr. 30, 2010

Snack Bar

A diner by day and global plate purveyor by night

Food Review, Mar. 12, 2010

Simplicity Wine & Eats

Parind Vora's new endeavor provides a casual spot for gourmet food and drinks

Food Review, Feb. 26, 2010

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Tarka offers a quick, affordable alternative to its sister restaurant, Clay Pit

Food Review, Feb. 19, 2010

Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela

Intertwined with stories of Mandela and his family are recipes that reflect crucial moments in South African history

Food Feature, Feb. 19, 2010

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Katherine Clapner's incredible chocolate confections mix sweet and savory ingredients in unexpected flavor combinations

Food Feature, Feb. 12, 2010

Top Cocktails of 2009

Claudia Alarcón's quest for unique signature drinks

Food Feature, Jan. 1, 2010

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