Quick Bites 27.October.2012

The patty melt from The Brown Bag in Del Rio, TX
The patty melt from The Brown Bag in Del Rio, TX

This morning was as if we were throwing a Fall party and the weather showed up fashionably late. If this doesn’t feel like trick-or-treating, football or chili weather, I don’t know what does. It might be time to break out the knives and to carve a pumpkin – if this weather keeps up it will prevent it from rotting on my doorstep! If you do this, be sure to participate in our virtual October Instameet – all you have to do is take an interesting picture of pumpkins and tag with #pumpkinsgonewild. On to the quick bites!

  • San Antonio Jane and I made a trip out to far West Texas this past weekend and stopped at The Brown Bag in downtown Del Rio. The restaurant is in an older building and has a funky vibe inside (along with some amazing looking desserts). I have been on a patty melt kick and ordered one there – it was delicious, I just wish it was a little bit bigger! Brown Bag, 440 South Main Street  Del Rio, TX 78840

The patty melt from The Brown Bag in Del Rio, TX

  • After leaving Big Bend on Sunday, we stopped over at El Cosmico in Marfa, TX and had a blast at Planet Marfa. An eclectic bar only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it is manned by a fascinating couple Aase and Jon. The environment is awesome, with a bar in the center (complete with a parrot who takes money from the tip jar), a ping pong room, rooftop seating as well as a teepee with a warm fire. Aase, originally from Norway, is incredibly funny and told stories about her travels with Jon through Mexico as well as living in San Antonio. I can’t recommend this place enough if you happen to vacation in Marfa; Aase told me that even Beyonce stopped by on her recent trip to Marfa. (Protip: the entire city of Marfa shuts down on Mondays – nothing is open, so you might consider going on a different day!) Planet Marfa, 200 S. Abbott Street, Marfa, TX

  • Looking for something to do today? There’s plenty including the Howl-O-Ween where you can take your four legged friends down to Brackenridge Park from 10AM – 1PM. There will be music, low cost pet services and educational activities. Spooky Saturday Family Celebration from noon until 4PM where local artists and arts organizations will be providing free arts activities for your kids. Looking for something a little scarier? This is the last year for the haunted house Nightmare on Grayson near Pearl Brewery, however, don’t look for me there because I am a huge scaredy cat.
  • Writer Steven Poole wrote a provocative article in The Guardian recently called Let’s Start the Foodie Backlash. Identifying myself more as an average Joe who likes what he likes, I found the article really interesting. This quote will give you an idea of the tone of his article, “It is not in our day considered a sign of serious emotional derangement to announce publicly that ‘chocolate mousse remains the thing I feel most strongly about’, or to boast that dining with celebrities on the last night of Ferran Adrià’s restaurant el Bulli, in Spain, ‘made me cry.'” A long read, but one that is interesting.

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