June 29, 2006
Decoding Ferran Adria
Before everyone gets wrapped up in their Fourth of July plans, make sure to catch the Travel Channel's Monday night airing of Decoding Ferran Adria, the Anthony Bourdain special where he visits the famed Spanish culinary genius in his restaurant El Bulli and his research laboratory.
June 1, 2006
Blue Bell, My Love
Austin locals love Amy's Ice Creams, but I'm still loyal to my childhood favorite, Blue Bell. Perhaps it's because I'm a pig and would rather have a gigantic bowl of Blue Bell instead of a tiny cup of Amy's much-too-rich, must-puke, high-fat ice cream. All that fat coats my tongue and masks the flavors. Also, I still have not tasted a Cookies and Cream as good as Blue Bell's.
But Blue Bell is not all hat and no cattle, as they say of some things and some people in Texas. With clean, vibrant flavors and a rich, luxuriant consistency achieved despite a butterfat content a little lower than some competitors, it hooks you from the first spoonful. Entirely and blessedly absent are the cloying sweetness, chalky texture and oily, gummy aftertaste that afflict many mass-manufactured ice creams.