An Extremely Upsetting Lunch Decision

Guys. My tastebuds. Are so upset with me. I am upset with me. And I am upset with Daisy May's BBQ Cart.

Looking at the above, I can't see much wrong. This is a Daisy May's Bowl of Texas Red. This thing is fabled as a fantastic winter-warmer-upper, in the classic "bowl of red style" that I grew up to love. That means, no beans, just straight up red chile sauce with chunks of pork, or in this case, beef.

The good: The meat is abundant and tender, big lovely chunks of beef. There are flecks of REAL red chile swimming in the thick, murky, sauce. Also, they give you shredded cheddar, sour cream, chopped onions and a fairly decent tortilla.

The bad and the ugly: It tastes as if the cook behind it, slightly hungover from a party the night before, accidentally mistook sugar for salt and dumped in eight or ten handfulls. Then, recognizing his mistake, added an equal amount of salt to compensate. The result, I'm extremely sorry to say, was inedible. And now I'm out $8.00.

Has anyone else eaten this before? I want this to be a fluke so desperately. A good bowl of red is SO hard to find, but I couldn't trudge farther than four bites in.


Pouring One Out for Gourmet

Sad news in stomach grumbles today, as Condé Nast announced that Gourmet, in addition to three other of the brand's magazines, will be discontinued. This ends 68 years of beautiful photography, elegant recipes and a love for all things tasty that requires me to keep my windowsill stacked with back issues. What comes next for Ruth and the other remarkable staff? Let's hope more books. Cooking and otherwise.

While it's still live, check out this excellent slideshow of all things food and web on the Gourmet site: http://www.gourmet.com/food/2009/08/food-online-a-to-z#slide=1. There are some serious gems in here.

I think we should all pour a little out for our homies tonight, whatever special vintage you have on hand - in my case, PBR.