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Bluebonnet Season

It’s bluebonnet season in Texas now. You could find this beautiful flowers in many places in there. One of the most popular destination is in the small town between Houston and Austin called Brenham.

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Foods

The best BBQ in Texas: Franklin BBQ

Texas is well-known for their barbecue. One of the thing that I would do when I travel around Texas is to try the most popular BBQ in the town.  There are 3 different kind of BBQ in Texas; Central, East, and West Texas style. Each style has their own unique characteristics. For Central Texas, they put a lot of the focus on the quality and the taste of the meat. I would recommend to eat the BBQ without the sauce to feel the rich taste of it. The most popular place to find the Central Texas BBQ is Lockhart, which is the capital of Central Texas BBQ. I have been to  Black’s, Smitty’s, and City market in Luling, Texas.

Recently, I heard that there is one place in Austin that have better quality of BBQ. I also saw the Anthony Bourdain No Reservation show about this place. So I gave it a try last weekend.

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We went there about 9 AM in the morning to wait in the line. The place usually open around 11PM. The place has limited number of the BBQ, so make sure you come earlier, if you want to get the ribs. I have never seen the place like this before, people don’t mind to wait that long to get a BBQ. How about on the weekdays? Same thing.

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After waiting for 4 hours, finally we could order the BBQ. We ordered the sausage, pulled pork, pork ribs, beef ribs, and brisket.

How is it?
Sausage: Ok, can’t really tell. Not a really good indicator.
pulled pork: Ok, soft and tender.
Pork ribs: Really good. tender,rich, and sweet.

Beef ribs and brisket: HEAVEN, It is really amazing. I have never seen the BBQ that really tender and moist like this before. The temperature when he cooked it was perfect. We can feel the rich flavor in the meats. This is possible because Franklin use wood-fire smoker and oaks which gives a strong flavor to the meat.

CHERUBSCORE: 9.8

Franklin Barbeque
Address: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Phone:(512) 653-1187

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Foods

Houston best pizza: Pizzeria Solario

I have been making a review of Asian foods so far, so how about any other food? Don’t worry, this time it the time for Italian food review. Found this new place from Houston Chronicle website. The place is located in Greenway Plaza area, in the apartment complex behind Costco. It just opened about one month ago.

This is the exact address:
3333 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027.

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The pizza that they are making is different from what i usually eat from Pizza Hut. Their pizza style is called Neapolitan Style Pizza. It has the wet look because of the olive oil and mozarella. The pizza itself is thin and designed to be eaten by using knife and fork. They use the wood fired oven to cook the pizza.
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What to order? My friends and me ordered 3 different kind of 12-inch pizza. See below

These pizza has a good balance in tomato sauce, mozzarella, and olive oil. You could feel the richness of the tomato sauce and the cheese at the same time. The thickness of the pizza was perfect, not too thick and crunchy. The bottom of the pizza is not too burn and cooked at the perfect time. When you order the pizza, don’t forget to add an egg on top of it. 🙂

CHERUBSCORE: 9.0

Is it really 9.0? Don’t worry, I have many experiences with pizza, I have visited various pizza places in Houston such as Bombay Pizza, Pass and Provision, Buca di Beppo, Romanos’s Pizza. I think this is still the winner out of all.