Austin Revealed: Food As Community

Food brings people and communities together and as part of a new Austin Revealed series, we set out to bring you the stories behind some Austin immigrants and how they have built unconventional families and communities using cuisine from their homeland.

Taste of Ethiopia

Woinee always wanted to open up a restaurant, but she had no idea it would be in Texas, or that it would end up serving a host of local families who have adopted children from Ethiopia. Now Woinee’s dream is helping dozens of children discover—and taste—their heritage and culture.

In this explainer, learn about injera—a staple item of Ethiopian cuisine—and how to make it.

Peace Bakery & Deli

Nuha says that while she was never treated differently in her small east Texas town, she felt wearing her hijab set her apart, making her stand out. But after opening her first restaurant, her culture has only helped her connect with more and more people from a variety of backgrounds.

Tropicana Cuban Cafe

Enrique Reyes spent his childhood helping in his family’s bakeries and restaurants in Miami, so it’s little wonder he set up shop when he moved to Texas. What is surprising is what happens when the kitchen closes and the floor opens up. Tropicana transforms into a dance hall, where a particular Cuban style of salsa is taught—after some Cuban coffee, of course.

Get a little boost with this explainer on Cuban cafécitos, a caffeinated treat that’s different from your regular espresso shot.

Little Mama’s Authentic Filipino Cuisine

Nita and Joanna have always been close, but after opening up a restaurant featuring food from her mom’s home country, the two have become even tighter knit. It’s become a way to share a future together and reflect on a past that stretches back to Spanish colonization.

You’ve probably never had dessert like this before! In this explainer learn about some of the most popular Filipino desserts.

Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe

With start times as early as 6 a.m., it’s hard to be a soccer fan living in central time zone. So what is it that pulls these fans out of bed and into the pub? A sense of community. Owner Alfredo Cedrone modeled the bar off locations in his native Scotland, where pubs aren’t just where you watch the match—it’s where the local community gathers.

Roland’s Soul Food & Fish

Austin Revealed went live on Facebook for lunch from Roland’s Soul Food & Fish. We tried different dishes from pork chops to fried catfish and bbq to oxtails. Experience it with us in the video below.

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Five pumpkin recipes to make this fall

When fall comes around, the temperature starts to cool a bit, the sweaters start coming out, and you start seeing pumpkins everywhere. And, let’s face it, if you’ve gone out of your way to read this, you know you can never go wrong with pumpkins when it’s fall.

Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from PBS Food that you should try!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for Breakfast

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The smell of fresh pancakes will make it easier to get out of bed in the morning! Whip up this batch of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast and you’ll be the star of the house.

Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Alfredo for Lunch or Dinner

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If you thought you couldn’t add pumpkin to your main dish, think again. These ricotta stuffed shells with pumpkin alfredo are perfect for the season and will make a lovely centerpiece at the dinner table.

Pumpkin Apple Baked Beans for a Standout Side Dish

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Add pumpkin AND apples to your baked beans and you’ll be the master of fall with this side dish. These pumpkin apple baked beans will surely stand out at Thanksgiving dinner or at your next potluck.

 

Pumpkin Maple Crème Caramel for a Creamy Dessert

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No meal is complete without a dessert! But don’t stick to the same-ol’ pumpkin pie you’ve always made. Branch out and give this pumpkin maple crème caramel recipe a try. If you love flan and pumpkins, you’ll definitely keep on coming back to this dessert.

Salted Pumpkin Caramels as a Seasonal Snack

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If you’re in need of a sweet kick to fuel your day, why not try making these salted pumpkin caramels as a snack. The balance of sweetness from the caramel and pumpkin with a dash of salt make for a great treat.

It’s a BBQ with Franklin Thanksgiving

Need to impress your guests with something different this Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered.

KLRU’s original web series BBQ with Franklin tells you how to brine and smoke a turkey, make a smoked butter gravy and prepare some sides that will pair perfectly with your bird.

WARNING: These videos will make you hungry! View all three videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zWHOEkBLAg&list=PLJXFUkVvL7g5qh67bUxqJLiVwjmFVLnB7