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Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 10:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:37 AM
AUSTIN — The renowned Franklin Barbecue suffered heavy fire damage overnight, the Austin Fire Department said early Saturday.
The fire started in the pit room adjacent to to the main dining room at Franklin, owned by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin and known for long lines and world-class brisket.
The room that houses the pits suffered “heavy damage” but firefighters were able to contain the fire, resulting only in smoke damage to the dining room and public portion of the restaurant.
Owner Aaron Franklin hopes to reopen the restaurant in a few weeks.
Officials say the cause of the fire was accidental.
Franklin BBQ final, cause accidental, wind blown ember from fire pit ignited combustible surroundings. $200k structure $150 content damage.— Austin Fire Info (@AustinFireInfo) August 26, 2017
Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 9:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 @ 9:45 AM
To celebrate spring, Starbucks is offering a new blended beverage Wednesday through Sunday.
Starbucks describes the Cherry Blossom frappuccino as "a blend of sweet strawberries and cream with white chocolate sauce and matcha drizzle, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha." Matcha is a powdered form of green tea.
The drink, inspired by the Japanese sakura tradition, has been offered in Japan since 2010. It will be available in the U.S. until Sunday, the official first day of spring.
Starbucks' press release explains the drink's connection to Japanese culture:
"In Japan, cherry blossoms are the national flower and a symbol of renewal and simplicity. Families, friends and colleagues gather under sakura trees and enjoy picnics and parties under the delicate pink blooms, a tradition that dates back at least a thousand years. It is also time for new beginnings, marking both the coming of spring and the start of a new school year. Sakura festivals around the world honor the return of the cherry blossoms and celebrate Japanese culture."
Themed frappuccinos have become more common at Starbucks within the last year. The company offered a vampire-inspired frappuccino for Halloweeen last October and a birthday cake-themed frappuccino to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular drink.
Published: Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 12:47 AM
Updated: Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 12:47 AM
Some say good food is essential to a happy life.
Here are the eateries that made the cut:
Esquire's Best New Restaurants
Shaya, New Orleans
The Progress, San Francisco
Muscadine, Portland, OR
The Grey, Savannah
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown, N.J.
Dolo Restaurant and Bar, Chicago
The Duck Inn, Chicago
Little Park, New York
Shuko, New York
Santina, New York
Mountain Bird, New York
Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year
The Grey, Savannah
Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis
Cosme, New York City
The Progress, San Francisco
Petit Trois, Los Angeles
Published: Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 3:13 AM
There's an app on the way that helps you split up the dinner bill with some adjustments for race and gender income inequalities.
The app, called Equipay, is essentially a satirical statement about income gaps in the U.S. For instance, when using the app, women would only pay 78 cents for every $1 men pay of the bill.
If a person disagrees with their share of the bill, they can click "protest" on the app, at which point it will provide the user with statistics about the wage gap.
Published: Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 12:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 12:58 PM
AUSTIN — In Time Out’s list of best ramen restaurants, only two states get multiple shout-outs (New York has two restaurants on the list, and California has four). But it's Texas’ lone star ramen place right here in the 512 - Ramen Tatsu-ya - that has been named America's No. 1 ramen restaurant.
Two ex-DJs opened Ramen Tatsu-ya in September 2012, and the restaurant immediately began drawing long lines. Its local fan base pushed the restaurant to extend its hours and add veggie options all day in February. Since the restaurant started serving food in 2012, the founders opened another location.
Time Out cites Ramen Tatsu-ya’s thick, creamy broth as its main ticket to success:
"Former DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto craft a tonkotsu that requires three days’ worth of cook time, resulting in a luscious pork bone elixir that clings to each angel-hair-thin noodle (like many of the nation’s top ramen joints, the custom strands come from revered producer Sun Noodle). Meltingly tender chashu (thin-sliced pork), snappy woodear mushrooms and a marinated egg finish each carefully composed bowl."
When Ramen Tatsu-Ya first opened, Austin food and restaurant critic Matthew Odam gave it a glowing review. The specialty thick tonkotsu automatically comes paired with thinner noodles, balancing the bowl’s ingredients.