ZestyBeanDog Has Been Deep In The Test Kitchen…

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Sorry I haven’t been around much, I’ve been experimenting as you may already know. This is my second year to be involved in The Food Experiments Culinary Battle. I cannot wait for my husband and I to compete against Austin’s best amateur chefs! ย This stuff isn’t easy but it sure is FUN. Last year I was not on top of my game at all, this year I’m more than ready- so look out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last weekend we went to the Houston Experiment because my friends Lori and Dave were competing. It was a great time and we tried so many great dishes and some not so great dishes ๐Ÿ˜‰ They made an awesome beer braised pork belly on a bed of drunken slaw. They didn’t place this time but I’m sure next year they will bring the heat ย x100! The winner of the Houston Experiment were actually our table neighbors at the Austin Pork Experiment on 2011:ย Magic Hops / Pork & Grits Under the Influence. They had a great dish, and the public thought so as well! They will be coming to Austin to root on the Taco Experimenters as well as going to Brooklyn to compete! My friends Lori and Dave and my parents will also be coming up from Houston to support the ZBD, among many others in Austin! Much love to them!

Evan and I have been experimenting for the last month and half and I must say we are quite happy with our taco! It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser-no doubt! Tomorrow we will meet at the Gingerman for our “Meet and Greet” (aka sizing the competition up) with the other chefs. The grand prize is a trip to Brooklyn to compete with all of the other winners from around the world.

I wonder what’s in that smoker… You will find none of our secrets here so stop looking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you live in Austin/or are going to SXSW this is the place to be on Sunday buy tickets in advance. You pick the winner, enjoy 25 sweet sweet samples of topnotch food and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. See you there! Now back to the kitchen (and work).

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  1. How great this is! You are really going for it and what fun you’ll have. Best of luck, and we’ll be eager to hear more, including the marvelous recipe! I love a good taco! Keep this up and some day you’ll be a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef! I love that show…and the “Texas” season just concluded. You probably don’t have time to follow that show…you’re too busy in the test kitchen! Debra

  2. good luck ZB ๐Ÿ™‚

    why don’t i see snow, where did that green grass come from – it is still winter ๐Ÿ™‚

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