Getting a read on Halloween
Everyone knows there's nothing better than a big ol' Austintatious Halloween celebration. In order to make the evening perfect, all local ghosts and goblins will want to drop by Tom's Tabooley (2928 Guadalupe, 479-7337) and check out their incredible array of distinctive retro Halloween candies. They've got the wax lips, the fangs, candy boogers you name it! It also seems only fitting that this piece of news arrives just in time for the appearance of the Great Pumpkin the folks at Kerbey Lane Cafes (four locations) have finally packaged their seasonally popular Pumpkin Pancake Mix. The newest mix will only be on sale during the holiday season unless there's an ardent response from customers to have it year-round. Pumpkin is the fourth flavor to join the KLC line of mixes Buttermilk, Apple Whole Wheat, and Gingerbread all natural and containing no trans fats. The four mixes are currently available locally at all Kerbey Lane outlets, as well as Wheatsville Co-op, Fresh Plus, and Grape Vine Market. We're told the mixes can also be used to make crepes, cookies, muffins, and sweet breads, with recipes to be found online at www.kerbeylanecafe.com... Listen up, liqueur aficionados! After years of making the delectable Italian liqueur limoncello at home for family and friends, local distiller Paula Angerstein of Paula's Texas Spirits (www.paulastexasorange.com) is now bottling the refreshing lemon libation. Paula's Texas Lemon is available in bars, restaurants, and fine liquor stores in all major metropolitan areas of Texas. Try it out in the Hard Lemonade at the Moonshine Bar & Grill (Third & Red River, 236-9599)... The owners of Opal Divine's (700 W. Sixth, 477-3308; 3601 S. Congress, 707-0237) are certainly busy these days. They've just added a midnight brunch at the original Freehouse location on Sixth where "build-your-own" omelettes and breakfast tacos, as well as selections from their regular menu will be available from midnight until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. They are also gearing up for a Skaraoke party from 8 to 11pm on Halloween night at that location, with prizes for the best costume and best karaoke performance, so get your freak on and your act together. And look for their newest venture, Opal Divine's Marina in the old Sea Island location at Parmer and MoPac, set to open in November... Women in the culinary field who would like to purchase a pink chef's coat for $42 in support of breast cancer awareness month can do so at the Cook's Store at the Texas Culinary Academy (11400 Burnet Rd., 837-2665) until the end of October... Don't miss the Texas Book Festival (www.texasbookfestival.org) at the Capitol this weekend. Though there aren't nearly as many Texas cookbooks this year as in 2005, the lineup of cookbook authors is a very good one. Check out our reviews in this week's food section, and then drop by the Bon Appetit, Y'all Cooking Tent for cooking demonstrations, interviews, and booksignings. See you there!