Interesting culinary newsletters and the latest food news around town
In the off-with-my-head department, there are some necessary corrections to last week's review of the new lakeside restaurant Cafe Bleu (8714 Lime Creek Rd., 401-6669). My uncorrected typo rendered the telephone number in that review incorrect, so use the one listed here or the one featured in their ad when you call. I also neglected to mention that the Cafe Bleu kitchen is under the direction of executive chef Mark Machand, and pastries are currently being made by Joel Fry, although Fry has upcoming plans for two years of extensive culinary study in Italy. I certainly regret the errors.
There's just no end to the culinary information on the Web these days. Here are two newsletters of interest: Local sushi maven Jason Levitt puts out Austin Sushi News (www.austinsushi.com) about once a month with all the scoop that's fit to print about the Austin sushi scene (try saying that three times quickly). Levitt's August issue featured news on the recent anniversary party at Momoko Bubble Tea Room & Energy Supply Station (705 W. 24th, 469-0232) and broke the story about the construction of yet another new sushi restaurant, Midori Sushi (13435 N. 183 #301, no phone yet), to be completed sometime this fall If you're interested in the burgeoning genre of culinary fiction, Seattle food writer Braiden Rex-Johnson's newly renamed newsletter Tables of Content (firstname.lastname@example.org) is full of good reading suggestions gleaned from a variety of sources. Her most recent suggestions include the novels Second Thyme Around (St. Martin's, $24.95) by Katie Fforde, Bread Alone (Morrow, $25) by Judith Hendricks, and Secrets of the Tsil Cafe (Blue Hen Books, $23.95), a novel with recipes by Thomas Fox Averill reviewed here earlier this summer. She also mentions chef/author Anthony Bourdain's first foray into historical nonfiction, Typhoid Mary (Bloomsbury, $19.95), a fascinating consideration of the cursed career of turn-of-the-century New York City cook Mary Mallon. I've just finished Bourdain's newest, and it's one little book that will make you think long and hard about kitchen hygiene.
Check out Bon Appetit magazine's new special ethnic restaurant issue, where you'll find a story on six premier Indian eateries around the country, including Austin's Clay Pit (1601 Guadalupe, 322-5131). Congratulations to Tinku Saini, Rajina Pradham, and chef Balinder Gill on the well-deserved national recognition. The Bon Appetit crew also visited Malaga Wine & Tapas Bar (208 W. 4th, 236-8020) and offers a drink recipe from there, as well. Speaking of Malaga, check with the restaurant for their schedule of cooking classes and wine seminars, which continues through the fall The second annual fundraising dinner benefiting the Scott & White Breast Cancer Treatment Clinic is this weekend at The Range in Salado (101 N. Main, 254/724-1053). Seatings for the four-course meal are from 12-3pm and 5-9pm on Sunday, August 19 and reservations are necessary The monthly supper club at the north location of Romeo's (5800 Burnet Rd., 419-7567) is such a hit they've expanded it to a weekly offering, so enjoy dining and dancing every Thursday night from 7:30-9pm Also on the supper-club front, the Austin Land & Cattle Company (12th & Lamar, 472-1813) has added a late night jazz supper club on weekends with music starting at 10pm and a special late-night menu with a full bar and wine list.