Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

I attended BlogHerFood16 last weekend. It was a very informative conference, and I’ll post about all I learned next.  But first, here’s my restaurant review of Iron Works BBQ, Austin TX.

I definitely wanted to taste Texas BBQ when I got to Austin. And just a few blocks from the Hilton hotel stands Iron Works BBQ, offering “Official Texas BBQ.”

Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

The history of Iron Works BBQ can be found here. It’s the story of a German ironworker looking for a better life for his family in America.

Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

When you walk into Iron Works BBQ, you are immediately struck by its charm, not to mention all of the yummy items on their chalkboard menu.

Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

Choosing your beverage includes plunging your arm into an ice bath. It’s worth the chill. They have two coolers with a very nice assortment of beer and soda.

Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

I opted for the BBQ beef brisket plate with a side of cole slaw and creamed corn.

Iron Works BBQ Austin TX

Yianni chose a slab of BBQ pork ribs and potato salad. We were not disappointed! Iron Works BBQ is absolutely delicious. And it’s no wonder Jay Leno, and Leonardo DiCaprio are a couple of its biggest fans. When you visit Austin, put it on your “must-have” BBQ list.

I’m BlogHerFood Bound

The annual BlogHerFood conference is taking place in Austin this Friday and Saturday and I cannot wait to attend. That’s right. I’m going!
BlogHerFood

I’ve never been to Austin and I have already hit social media for recommendations on the best places to eat while I’m there. Here’s the list so far:
1. Easy Tiger Bakeshop and beer garden
2. Enotica Vespaio Bistro
3. Hop Doddy Burgers
4. Chuy’s Tex Mex
5. P. Terry’s more Burgers
6. Parkside  Gastropub
7. Ironworks BBQ
8. La Condesa Mexican

The closing key note speaker will be restaurateur, cookbook author, and “The Chew” co-host, Carla Hall.

Carla Hall BlogHerFood

She’s also a very snazzy dresser. Check out that unique style on her site.

I’m ready. I’ve downloaded the BlogHerFood mobile app, and scheduled all my breakout sessions. Follow my live tweets @Kitoula with the hashtag #BlogHer2016.

Austin, here I come.

All the Greek Festivals!

If you like Greek food and you’d like to take your family for a bit of fun, Greek Festivals are just the ticket. Here I have listed some, but not all the Greek festivals that I know and love.

Early in the summer in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, St. George’s had its Ya’ssoo Greek Festival!

St George Yassoo Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by George Dzahristos

St. Nick’s Opa! Fest in Troy is the largest on-going Greek festival in the metro Detroit area. This is one of my favorites. My friend, blogger, cookbook author, and Chef, Peter Minaki of Kalofagas has given cooking demonstrations at this festival for the last few years.

St .Nicks Opa Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by HOUR Detroit

This weekend, Holy Trinity in Grand Rapids Michigan hosts Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival. I wrote about this festival, and my Greek cousins, in 2011.

Souvlakia, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by Kitoula

Their motto is Eat! Dance! Be Greek!

Yassou! Fest, All the Greek Festivals
Photo by Kitoula

And because Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, you might add, Drink!

Opa Kitoula! All the Greek Festivals

Yamas!                               

Moving from Lanergan Drive

After 25 years, we are moving from our home on 2939 Lanergan Drive.
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I have sweet memories of 24 celebrations of Christmas,Lanergan Drive Christmas

many roast turkeys,Lanergan Drive turkey

25 years of gardening,Lanergan Drive garden

abundant fresh herbs,Lanergan Drive garden

and dozens and dozens of koulouria.Lanergan Drive koulouria

But more importantly, I am grateful for how this house has served my family for all those years. And I hope these guys feel the same…

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Egg cracking

Easter Boyz 2013

Father's Day 2011

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