Texas is another country...

Texas is another country...I have driven into Texas from all four directions and can affirm that after crossing that imaginary state line you just know you are in Texas . The world becomes wide open space, the sky feels higher, you can stretch out and rest a spell.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Post by Alana Cash

When I first moved to Austin it was a lot quieter and less trendy than it is now, and there was so much room for innovation and originality.  It was like a creative salsa.  

There was a laundromat-bar where you could drink a beer while waiting for the washing machine spin cycle.  Chicago House was alive and kicking.  At this Greenwich Village-style coffee house just off Sixth Street, you could hear local writers read their stories before they were interviewed on public radio or see a performance of a play that might get to Broadway (one did).  Whole Foods still had its first small store on Lamar Boulevard 10th Street, and when butter or milk was expiring, they announced a giveaway on the intercom. 

I used to walk from my apartment on Hartford Road into the Clarksville area where many of the houses had been passed down through generations and were still owned by black families.  I went to Lily’s Catering Company where every single cup of coffee was brewed fresh and I could sit at the window writing stories, drinking that coffee while I munched on a black-pepper brownie. 

One day as I was walking over to Lily’s, I passed a house where some people were loading boxes of jars of salsa into the back of a station wagon.  They explained that they were making salsa in their converted attic and taking sample jars around to independent grocery stores where they set up a table for sample giveaways.  Their business was a success and there are a lot more local purveyors of salsa in Austin now.  The most popular are Tommy’s Salsa and Ana’s Salsa.  But I hear that Kinky Friedman has a brand now – I tried to investigate how that came about, but his website is mighty quiet about that.

Salsa is easy to make and tastes great when it’s fresh.  Three or four tomatoes, a clove of garlic, half an onion, a bunch of cilantro and a blender are all you need.  Peel the tomatoes and quarter them, mince the garlic and onion, cut the cilantro leaf from the stem and put it all in the blender. You can add corn, peaches, or mango later if you like.  Let it sit overnight and you have salsa for your breakfast burrito.  

If you're in a rush, try Kinky's brand.  The proceeds are donated to an animal charity.

No comments: