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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.

18 articles in 2004

Duck and Cover

It took an international incident of nuclear brinksmanship to teach me the real meaning of Thanksgiving.

Food Feature, Dec. 24, 2004

Bruce Aidells's Complete Book of Pork: A Guide to Buying, Storing, and Cooking the World's Favorite Meat

Gift guide

Food Feature, Dec. 17, 2004

Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, & Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

Food Feature, Dec. 10, 2004

Tâm Deli & Cafe

Tâm Deli, open since 1999, is one of our favorite Vietnamese cuisine venues

Food Review, Nov. 19, 2004

World Wide Menu

Accessing all things culinary on the Internet

Food Feature, Nov. 5, 2004

Ben's Longbranch BBQ

Ben Wash's welcoming greeting, big smile, and positive outlook are once again drawing in the folks from the neighborhood and the throngs of smoked meat faithful

Food Review, Oct. 15, 2004

Sunflower Restaurant

The atmosphere is mediocre, the tables are a little too close together, the service can occasionally border on indifference – but we love this place!

Food Review, Oct. 8, 2004

Din Ho Chinese BBQ

Despite some hiccups, Din Ho still doesn't disappoint

Food Review, Sep. 24, 2004

Texican Cafe

Recognizing a long-overlooked far-South gem

Food Review, Sep. 17, 2004

Judgment Days

Pigging out at the Taylor International BBQ Cookoff

Food Feature, Sep. 3, 2004

Feeding the Film

Sixteen-hour days, hundreds of hungry crew members, remote locations, tight facilities, and tough competition: Two local caterers go to the movies

Food Feature, Aug. 6, 2004

Potsticker Chronicles: America's Favorite Chinese Recipes

Food Feature, May. 28, 2004

Sephardic Israeli Cuisine: A Mediterranean Mosaic

Food Feature, May. 28, 2004

Pao, Wow!

The Mandarin House's stellar reputation has followed it out to Lakeway – why haven't you?

Food Feature, May. 7, 2004

El Zuzal Restaurant

El Z. specializes in El Salvadoran cuisine, though they do have some standard Mexican dishes for those with no sense of adventure

Food Review, Apr. 16, 2004

Will Travel for Food (and Awards)


Food Feature, Apr. 2, 2004

San Francisco in South Austin

Finding dim sum and Cantonese seafood, early birds and all-nighters, at Marco Polo

Food Feature, Mar. 19, 2004

Cut and Dried: A Primer

The Central Texas meat market roundup

Food Feature, Jan. 30, 2004

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