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Swayze Sauce. Not Swaggu.

What do Patrick Swayze, heartburn and oozing white queso have in common, besides your ultimate fantasy/worst nightmare? 

It could only mean one thing: Casa Blanco, the brand new pop up Brooklyn based Tex-Mex restaurant, invented by chef Courtney McBroom. Think pimento cheese quesadillas, crispy beef tacos and George Jones approved chalupas, all served up in the backyard of RES during the Le Gouter dance parties, every other Sunday until labor day.

Tune into U Look Hungry live today, Thursday July 18th, 2013, only on the Heritage Radio Network as I chat with Courtney about Houston native Patrick Swayze, the future fate of pop up restaurants, what the hell Tex Mex cuisine is all about, and so much more.

If you miss the live broadcast, peep the interview at your leisure by downloading the (free) iTunes version of the ditty right here.



Hansen’s Sno Bliz hits U Look Hungry

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Hansen’s Sno Bliz is a New Orleans institution, as quintessential as red beans and rice, necessary as Professor Longfellow, and magnificently appreciated for creating the only snow in the Big Easy. The seventy four year old shop, once owned and operated by the late Ernest and Mary Hansen, makes the best snoball, not sno-cone, in all of New Orleans. 

No, it’s not like your typical crusty sno cone, the one that’s repping a crunchy heap of pebbles of ice, doused in basic flavors like lemon or mint. A sno ball is better than a real one, with it’s perfectly fluffy, snowflake texture, generously drizzled with homemade sweet syrups like cream of nectar. The late and great Ernest Hansen invented the first ice shaving machine; the second prototype, now sixty something years old, still operates as swiftly as it did on day one.

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Ernest and Mary’s granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, is the current owner and magical operator of all things behind the counter. Early in the mornings, she mixes up homemade syrups like cream of nectar, stewed blueberries with maple syrup, ginger cayenne, and hazelnut, to name a few. By early afternoon when the heat index has reached debilitating numbers, the doors to the shop open like the gates of heaven, when she’s cranks up the shave ice machine, churning out perfectly fluffy bits of man made snow that most ski mountains would kill for. 

There’s no way to skirt this issue. It’s hot as hell outside and we’re well into the dog days of summer.

So here’s what you need to do to chill out:

Tune in live at 6pm (EST) today, Thursday July 11th, 2013, to U Look Hungry, only on the Heritage Radio Network, to hear me chat with Ashley Hansen about the history of Hansen’s, what this New Orleans spot is all about, and so much more.

You can stream the live broadcast here, but if you miss the live interview because you are trying to order a garbage can sized container of sno-ball, take your time and download the (free) iTunes version here.

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Getting Wedding Caked, Making Groceries & Becoming a Duckoff.

Have you ever been wedding caked? Do you know how to make groceries? 

Have you been or become a duckoff?

Am I speaking English?

On today’s episode of U look Hungry, we’re going on a lingistical tour of true New Orleans lingo, ya hurd me?

Tune in live at 6pm (EST) only on the Heritage Radio Network to hear me chat with a roux of locals as we get soup deep into the heart of this city’s mysterious lingo.  You can stream the live broadcast here, or if you’re too busy trying to pronounce Calliope Street, take your time and download the (free) iTunes version of the interview here.



The Dinner Lab on U Look Hungry

On today’s episode of U Look Hungry radio, I’m catching up with Brian Bordainick, founder of the New Orleans based Dinner Lab, an unconventional approach to dining in unique settings with baller chefs. 

They’re currently posted up in three cities: New Orleans, Austin and Nashville, and are rapidly expanding at a cheetah’s pace. Dinner in an old iconic New Orleans church guarded by giant elephant ear plants and honeysuckle, anyone? 

Check out some of their past events to see what I mean.  

Tune in live at 6 pm (EST) today, Thursday June 20th, 2013 as I chat with Brian about the underground dining scene and so much more, only on the Heritage Radio Network.

If you miss the live broadcast, take your time and tune in at your leisure by downloading the (free) iTunes podcast version of the radio interview right here.

For more information on the Dinner Lab, move thyself this way.



Disappearing Austin: A Tribute To Dry Creek Saloon

I’m from Austin, Texas. 

Beyond the fact that it’s the state capitol, what do you know about this place? Perhaps you’ve been to SXSW, and perhaps you’ve noticed how quickly the landscape is shifting here as the population (and heat) rises. This town is in its booming period of success, but what happens when all of the quintessential spaces that have made up what we know and love as Austin slowly start to disappear?

Today, I’m on a quest to pay tribute to a space that has nurtured the souls of many an Austin character, one beer at a time. This magical place is known as Dry Creek Saloon, a spot where you can still manage to buy a $2 Pearl beer and catch the sunset over Lake Austin as George Jones croons on the jukebox.

Tune into U Look Hungry LIVE at 6pm (EST) today, Thursday June 6th, 2013 as I sit down and chat with Dry Creek owner and Austin native, Jay Reynolds, about how this place got it’s start, the tales that have taken place here, and so much more, only on the Heritage Radio Network. I also get a chance to sit with a few of the characters that have graced the bar stools of Dry Creek over the past fifty years and hear their stories involving Willie Nelson, a Texas shoot out, the late and great Dry Creek owner, Sarah, who was known as “the meanest bartender in Austin, Texas,” what it means to be a Texan, and so much more.

If you’re too busy drinking a Lonestar beer, sit back, relax, and listen to the interview at your leisure. That’s what the Dry Creek Saloon is all about. You can download the (free) iTunes version of the radio interview here.

Queue up Redheaded Stranger by Willie Nelson, and get ready to learn about one of the most iconic cultural places on the disappearing Austin map that’s holding steady as parking lots and skyscrapers come to roost.



James Booker, Brought Back from the Dead.

For the outsider (translation = you’re not a native, perhaps even if your family has lived there for one generation) there are a few ways to try to get to know the lady that is New Orleans. A wise sage once told me to listen to the song, "Suzanne," covered by Nina Simone to truly understand this elusive and intoxicatingly unforgettable place. Another Southern soul told me, “when you walk barefoot through the streets of New Orleans, you’ll never leave her, but you’ll love her forever.” 

Onwards past the swamps, through the curtain of debilitating humidity that wraps around you like a velvet cloak, beyond that life changing bowl of mud hued gumbo, do you really know what it means to miss New Orleans?

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On today’s episode of U Look Hungry radio, I’m throwing you a skeleton key to a hidden and crucial part of the Big Easy. Tune in today, Thursday May 30th, 2013 LIVE at 6 pm (EST) as I chat w/ filmmaker Lily Keber about James Booker, one of the most quintessential musicians to grace the streets and pianos of New Orleans, and our known universe. James Booker, who described himself as “the black liberace,” and a “one eyed, heroin addicted, bi-polar queer musician” by many others, was a child prodigy who grew up to create some of the most important/iconic New Orleans songs that we have to date. His playing style has been articulated by some as, “a gang of spiders on the keys,” while others were convinced that he had a third hand hidden somewhere beyond the piano for his insanely swift playing abilities.

Until a few years ago, no one knew much else about James Booker (who passed away thirty years prior) beyond the juke box. That’s where Lily Keber comes in with her documentary surrounding the life of James Booker, “Bayou Maharajah, The Tragic Genius of James Booker,” which attempts at revealing more about this eccentrically brilliant character beyond the music.

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Queue up your favorite Booker song, and get ready to hear Lily bring back James Booker from the dead. You can stream the live broadcast here via the Heritage Radio Network, or take your time and download the (free) iTunes version of the radio interview here.



U Look Hungry Radio Summer Sessions

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U Look Hungry radio is back! Summer is here, and I thought it was time to take you, dear listeners, on the open American road.

On today’s episode, I’m broadcasting to you from the Big Easy, as I sit down and chat with Ali Mills, the mastermind/bartender behind the hottest New Orleans pop up bartenders salon/speakeasy, Dash & Pony, only on the Heritage Radio Network.

Tune in live today, Thursday May 23rd, 2013 at 6pm (EST), to hear us talk about the contemporary New Orleans cocktail scene, termite swarms, bugs and why you’ll find them in your booze, why it’s okay for bartenders to be rude, and so much more. 

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If you’re too busy holed up alongside the nearest air-conditioning unit, take your time and stream the podcast version of the show via U Look Hungry on Itunes. It’s free after all. 

More importantly, if you find yourself in New Orleans this Sunday, May 26th, head on over to the Dash & Pony cocktail salon at Le Fin Du Monde Restaurant. Things kick off at 8 p.m. sharp.

To find out more information about the location, etc. find Dash & Pony on Facebook.



BURGERLORDS + PIZZAPRAYERS + JEN PELKA = RADIO VIBES

Have you noticed how tight the art/GIF game is on Tumblr? Especially in the food and drink section?

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(via PizzaPrayers)

What I’m really trying to say is check out BurgerLords and Pizza Prayers, the incredible art blogs from a dynamic duo of L.A. natives (and brothers), Max and Fred. 

Restaurateurs by day, art  gangsters by night, Max and Fred own The Oinkster (that makes some of the most killer burgers in all of California), Maximiliano (“kinda” old school Italian) and Little Bear (a Belgian Beer Cafe). 

Visiting the BurgerLords or PizzaPrayers sites are like falling into a rabbit hole. By the time I snap out of it, I’m answering my door, tipping the pizza delivery guy, or firing up the grill to make a burger worthy of the ones I’ve been swooning over for the past couple of hours.

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(via BurgerLords)

I guess this is the part where you figure out that I’m having them on my radio show, U Look Hungry, today, Thursday May 2nd at 6pm (EST) on the Heritage Radio Network.  When I thought this show couldn’t get any better, the inimitable Jen Pelka, Tumblr Food & Drink Evangelist, is also coming on the show to discuss what’s shaking on Tumblr, the state of the GIF, the L.A. food scene, and so much more.

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(via PizzaPrayers)

Stream the live broadcast here via the Heritage Radio Network. If you miss the live broadcast cause’ your going in on that second pizza pie, take your time and listen at your leisure by downloading the (free) iTunes version of the show.

I promise that today’s show will be nothing like this situation.



A hint to what’s going down on tomorrow’s episode of U Look Hungry radio.
More info will be revealed tomorrow morning.
Until then, Pizza Prayers. And Burger Lords. And LOTS of Champagne Problems. 

A hint to what’s going down on tomorrow’s episode of U Look Hungry radio.

More info will be revealed tomorrow morning.

Until then, Pizza Prayers. And Burger Lords. And LOTS of Champagne Problems



At some point in your life, perhaps you’ve uttered the phrase, “that’s what I would eat for my last meal.” If you haven’t, you’ve probably thought about it. But beyond the macabre thought process, it’s a true reality for American inmates living on death row.

On today’s episode of U Look Hungry, I’m tackling this jarring issue with death row aficionado, Zach Shemtob. Check out his podcasts on punishment here. Tune in today, Thursday April 25th, 2013, live at 6pm (EST) while I dissect this ongoing American topic of controversy with Zach. We’ll dive into the in and outs of last meals, why we still offer them, how they came about in the very beginning, and so much more, only on the Heritage Radio Network.

If you find yourself busy studying the current stats on death row in America, take your time and listen at your leisure by downloading the (free) iTunes version of the radio show.

For more information on death penalty facts, visit Deathpenaltyinfo.org or amnestyusa.org.

(Source: rest-ez)