Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Top Ten Best Bites of the Year!

Austin Chronicle: Virginia B. Wood's Best Bites of 2008

Top Savory Bites

1) Remember When Dairy buttermilk: Tangy and luxurious, this marvelous liquid was my favorite discovery of the year. It made everything taste better – biscuits, cornbread, chocolate cakes, pralines, buttermilk pie. Oh, my!

2) Tomatoes from Boggy Creek Farm: I feasted on Cherokee Purples and Green Zebras as long as they lasted during the summer.

3) Black-eyed peas from Oak Hill Farm: Cora Lamar's black-eyed peas were a crucial component of my favorite summer meal, poured over cornbread and paired with sliced tomatoes and watermelon salad.

4) Brunch at Olivia: Voluptuous Gouda grits topped with Gulf shrimp, house-cured bacon, picnic-style fried chicken, hot biscuits with lemon curd and marmalade – bring it on!

5) Lamb's tongue fricassee with cherry-apricot mustard at Olivia: Perhaps our server described this dish as "South Austin foie gras" to make it more approachable to a wider audience, but one bite of this transcendent dish revealed that chef James Holmes has a very special touch with offal.

6) Smoked pork chop with herb butter from Perry's Steakhouse & Grille: The Houston chain announced its arrival to the Austin media with packages of these gargantuan chops. It was undoubtedly some of the best pork I've ever tasted – and it took me three meals to finish one chop.

7) Salsa negra at 10th Street Tacos: I really liked this fiery salsa over the "drowned tacos" on my first couple of visits, but when I went back, the restaurant had closed. Not to worry: Some former employees have reopened as the Screaming Goat, and they still make this salsa.

8) All-day breakfast salad at Cissi's Market: Chef Deegan McClung's fresh twist on a French classic is a light and tasty salad of hearts of romaine dressed in a mustard vinaigrette with house-cured lardoons and perfect sunny-side-up quail eggs. Delicious – and adorable.

9) Paqui buttermilk tortillas at Whole Foods Market: The proprietors of this new local company say that "paqui" is the Aztec word for happiness. These divine flour tortillas made me very happy.

10) Lamb ribs from Twin County Dorpers: I rubbed these beauties with the new Cocoa Puro Kak√°wa spice rub and then cooked them low and slow. I hope more local chefs feature this quality meat from a ranch near Harper so Twin County will deliver to Austin more often.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Today we met Faye at the Whole Foods in downtown Austin, Texas. She is another blessed Whole Foods soul who is incredibly kind and got us so fired up! She loves tortillas and seemed genuinely excited that we were about to be in their store. Faye will help us arrange our samplings in the store. She said we could sample as much as we want! Ready to get happy?

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


my fingers are on fire from roasting and peeling 13lbs of jalapenos! i wish you could smell our tortillas when they come off the grill!!! YUM.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hola Compadres!!

Hola Compadres!!

We are less than 3 weeks away from seeing our tortillas on the shelves at Whole Foods!!! It's been a long f n road with it's ups and downs but all along the way we've had a blast and kept our eye on the ultimate goal in life... being happy. I can still recall the happy hour at Donn's when Doug walked in with a huge grin on his face and he said, "Hey I just found the perfect Aztec word for the tortillas. It's Paqui... and it means to be happy". And from that moment forward a wild idea became a project, a mission, and way of life.

So today marks our first thought for the day email to our family, friends and fellow citizens. It's our way of helping everyone stay focused on the positive and help spread happiness wherever we go and in all we do!!

That's it man.... Don't Worry, Be Paqui!!!



To Be Happy!

Are you ready?