Here are some brief thoughts on the tacos I ate in Austin.
Anthony Bourdain will be returning to Kansas City on October 22, when his show, Anthony Bourdain Live! stops at the Midland. It's Bourdain onstage, talking about his travels and life in the kitchen, and taking questions from the audience.
If you want to get a sense of what the show will be like, Fat City's Owen Morris attended a similar production with Bourdain back in 2008.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. The seats range from $37.50 to $77.50. You can purchase them at the Midland's site.
There's a small, devoted faction of Kansas Citians that take this whole Mardi Gras business pretty damn seriously. (Don't believe us? Check this slideshow.) We're guessing that they're going to take Crosstown Station's 2nd annual Fat Tuesday crawfish boil pretty damn seriously, too -- at least, seriously enough to fly in the little lobsters straight from N'Awlins.
Guy Fieri -- the spiky-haired food dude from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives -- is an unabashed fan of Kansas City. (So far, the Food Network star has hit up Mama's 39th Street Diner, Grinders, Happy Gillis, the Brick, and a whole bunch more. For a full list, click here.)
Normally, this would be fare strictly for our food blog, Fat City. But, as you can tell by the cherry-red '67 Camaro that Fieri drives between joints, he probably digs a little rock and roll. That's why he's bringing a cooking -- and rock -- stage show to the Midland in May.
That's right, the former host of Reading Rainbow, the star of Sister Act and the man behind Top Gun's theme song are indeed scheduled to make appearances in Kansas City soon. And at least as far as the first two are concerned, if you're willing to spend the money, you could enjoy a meal in their vicinity.
First on our menu of star experiences is LeVar Burton. On February 18, he'll nosh and mingle with patrons of the Storling Dance Theater production Underground at Johnson County Community College's Carlsen Center.
Dinner with Burton + orchestra seats at the performance costs $100. Add an extra $100 for access to a VIP reception. Read: more face time with Star Trek: The Next Generation's Geordi La Forge -- will he wear the glasses?
Jonathan Bender reports on the latest incarnation of celebrity coffee brands: Horror movie impresario and heavy metal icon Rob Zombie is now a coffee roaster? L.A. Weekly's Squid Ink reports that Zombie is now selling a pair of organic, free-trade certified coffees.
You can choose from a pound of Hellbilly Brew Peru or Hellbilly Brew Dark French Roast for $13.99. Although this won't be a White Zombie Christmas as the whole bean coffee won't ship until December 27.
Tech N9ne may rule Kansas City, but it looks like he's got Lee's Summit securely under his belt, too. The rap star has a pizza named after him at Next Door Pizza, which our food critic Charles Ferruzza reviews in this week's Pitch.
Here's a snapshot of what's on the yummy, edible version of Tech's persona:
Your best friends at Wayward will be conspicuously absent from your lives on Thursday and Friday, since we're going to be awkwardly explaining our new tattoos to Republican family members, and stuffing our faces. (I know. Be strong!) Have fun turkey times, readers. Don't gorge and drive. We'll see you on Monday.
Meanwhile, I'll be spending the weekend cursing, untangling Christmas lights, and trying to do this to my house. (Hat-tip to The Riverfront Times' music blog, A to Z, for this awesome find.)
The best part of waking up? Why, it's Jeff Tweedy in your cup.
Wilco is launching its own coffee line. Jonathan Bender over at The Pitch's food blog, Fat City, has the deets.
You can have it "Either Way." Wilco is getting set to launch Wilco Selections -- a line of regular and decaffeinated coffee beans through a partnership with Chicago-based Intelligentsia.
And as The Onion's A/V Club notes, this isn't the first foray into food for Wilco. The indie band has branded beer and a sandwich shop in Toronto. They're like the hippie-bearded, bizarro KISS.
So, what does Wilco taste like?
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