Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide - Austin's Best New Restaurants


I called upon the help of my foodie friends and fellow food bloggers for this one, and they did not disappoint! Consider this my own list of favorites as well as places I will be trying ASAP.

Bullfight - A new tapas restaurant on Airport Blvd, right next to the theater I perform at regularly. I recently visited Bullfight during Happy Hour and was impressed with the offerings: half off liquor and snacks! I ordered an El Torero (Bulleit rye, apple liqueur, lemon, vino tinto) and had to stop myself from ordering three more. The cocktail was balanced and expertly prepared. The calamari was fresh and perfectly crisp. The bacon wrapped stuffed dates were also incredible, as was everything we sampled (definitely try the duck meatballs--not on the HH menu). Plus at Happy Hour they come in adorable little cones!
4807 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

Jenna's Asian Kitchen - Jenna's touts "Modern Asian Comfort Food" which is described as "Korean/Chinese Infusion" and definitely delivers with a reasonably priced menu, solid wine and sake offerings, and even a handful of kid-friendly portions (as well as vegan and gluten free!). Not to mention a solid happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm. It's hard to find a disappointing review of this place, which means even the most ornery Yelpers find something to love here.
Jenna's Asian Kitchen
12300 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX 78750

Photo courtesy of The Dishtance 

Wu Chow - One of 2015's most anticipated openings, Wu Chow burst onto the scene and did not disappoint. Coming from the team that brought you Swift's Attic, was there really any doubt? According to the website, Wu Chow "Wu Chow offers dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine as well as dim sum service on Saturdays and Sundays"--I've heard rave reviews on the dim sum, it's all my foodie friends will talk about. I hear the soup dumplings are not to be missed.
Wu Chow
 IBC Bank Plaza
500 W 5th St #168
Austin, TX 78701

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge - I'm always on a search for delicious sushi in Texas and Pacific Rim definitely fits the bill. The sushi is fresh, and the variety of other offerings is unique and flavorful. We recently had an Austin Food Blogger Alliance Happy Hour here, and I was blown away by every item we sampled. Don't miss the Sake Mac and Cheese, whatever you do! They just unveiled a new menu concept, hot rock, where you can cook your own items on a mini grill made from a hot stone. It's more than worth the trek to North Austin, and a great treat for everyone who makes their home up here (like me!) too.
Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge
9070 Research Blvd #305
Austin, TX 78758

Photo courtesy of The Dishtance

Laundrette - This place has everything an Austin foodie could wish for: trendy location (it's housed in a former East Austin laundromat), multiple cuisine inspirations (duck confit, charred octopus, and beef carpaccio are a few of the menu items), brunch (weekends, 11:00-2:30) local beer (as well as unique cocktails and a decent wine list), and locally-famous chefs (Sway and La Condesa are on their resume). They don't take reservations for small parties, and the small space fills up quickly, so be sure to plan accordingly.
2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

Image courtesy of The Dishtance

Emmer + Rye - Rainey's food scene seems to be getting better with every new opening. Emmer + Rye boasts a "farmer's haul" menu that changes daily. Using local ingredients, they pickle and preserve produce when it's at its peak--so anything pickled is a do-not-miss here. But what's really unique is the dim-sum style service. Guests can browse rotating carts for a variety of small plates, taking about an hour for the full menu to make its way through.
Emmer + Rye
51 Rainey St, Suite 110

Austin, TX 78701

Vox Table - This is, without question, my new favorite restaurant in Austin. The cocktails are perfection (there's an Old Fashioned menu! be still my heart!), and each and every menu item is thoughtfully put together and absolutely delicious. I adored the calamari noodles and the tongue and cheek bun, and the potato churros were HEAVENLY. Next time you want to catch a flick at Alamo, come early and get your grub on at Vox beforehand.
Vox Table
1100 S. Lamar Blvd
Suite 2140
Austin TX 78704

Juliet - A foodie friend once lamented that there wasn't much for good Italian in Austin. Thankfully, Juliet has stepped up to the plate for innovative Italian. Dine out on the gorgeous patio if the night is clear, or enjoy a cozy evening inside near the marble-topped bar while the smokey woodfire smell fills the air. Enjoy pastas, pizzas, or their happy hour specials at this Barton Spring's Italian hotspot.
1500 Barton Springs
Austin, TX

Bonus! Brick and Mortars: Via 313/Chi'lantro/Peached Tortilla. All three of these awesome food trucks got brick and mortar restaurants this year. Now instead of chasing your favorite truck, you can stop by for happy hour!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide - Dive Bars


I love my drinks, but I also love having a bank account not in the negatives. Thankfully, these dive bars are all authentically Austin and reasonably priced.

G&S Lounge - I may be biased, because this is my Kickball Team's post-game hangout. No frills, but tons of old arcade games and a ton of taps and bottles to choose from. Inside are a bunch of vintage video games (even a Zoltar booth!) and outside is a small patio. The owner is a touch ornery, but warms up after a while and has even been known to pull out the grill and feed patrons from time to time. His two ancient dogs roam the bar and are adorable and friendly.
G&S Lounge
2420 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

Lala's - It's a Christmas-themed bar. It has cheap drinks. Do you really need any other reason to check it out? With temps in Austin often reaching 100+, it's great to sneak in and have some sips at a place that reminds you of Christmas all year round.
2207 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

Deep Eddy Cabaret - Close to, but far enough away from 6th street is this family-owned bar that's been around since 1951. Simple, cash-only, a pool table, and full of regulars. This is the place to sit and chat with friends when you don't feel like dealing with the crush of downtown.
Deep Eddy Cabaret
2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Barfly's - "Our drinks are cheap, so you don't have to be" is their slogan, which means this is definitely my kind of place. Laid back, cheap drinks, heavy pours, and what is supposedly the best jukebox in town. Pool, a patio, you really couldn't ask for much more.
5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

MugShots - As more and more people realize how amazing our city is, the prices of drinks downtowns inches ever higher. That's why it's so great to have a dive bar right on 7th Street that won't break the bank! 50 beers to choose from, as well as heavily poured wells make this a great spot to get the ambiance of downtown without the cost of a night on Dirty 6. Plus, it's housed in one of Austin's oldest buildings, so you know it's got class.
407 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

The Grand - Come here on any night of the week and you're likely to find a handful of ColdTowne Theater performers unwinding after a show (myself included!). The neon sign perpetually has at least one letter burnt out, and the pool tables that take up 75% of the large, open space are well-worn. Specials range from the happy-hour pricing of $2 for cocktails, and the post-happy-hour pricing of $4 for mini pitchers. Various music acts play here as well, and you can order a pizza that really only tastes delicious after a few of those $4 pitchers.
The Grand-Social Club and Billiards Room  
4631 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

Ego's - The karaoke stage alone is enough for me to keep coming back to this little corner of South Congress. Sign up early though, as the lineup gets packed rather quickly. Drinks are reasonable and there's a big enough selection for anyone to enjoy--from dirt-cheap well drinks and beers to the fancier top shelf option or two. And it even has its own parking!
510 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Nasty's - It's close enough to the UT campus that you'll have to shoulder through students but hey, students need cheap beer more than anyone, right? Tons of craft beers on tap, pool tables, darts, a patio--everything you need to watch the game and hang out with your frat bros.
Nasty's Bar
606 Maiden Lane
Austin, TX 78705

Carousel Lounge - When you were little, you dragged your parents to Chuck E Cheese's for the fun atmosphere and overpriced pizza. As an adult, you have it even better--because going to this circus-themed bar is like reliving your childhood but WITHOUT the over-priced libations. And the music is worlds better than an animatronic rat, but a large pink elephant does loom over the performers. Like a true dive bar, it's cash-only, so come prepared.
Carousel Lounge
1110 E 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723

Where is your favorite dive bar in town? Did I miss a good one? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide - Austin's Best Bloody Marys


Once upon a time, I referred to bloody marys as "cold, alcoholic soup." I now know much, much better. Bloody marys are my favorite weekend drink--the spicier, the better! And if they double as the brunch itself? Home. friggin. run.

Casino el Camino - This bloody mary is a meal in and of itself. Various nibbles (taquito, chicken slider, pig in a blanket, meatball, various pickled items, and more...) are stuck on skewers in the middle of the drink. You can pick your spice level on a scale of 1-10, with 5 being the start of the habanero spice. I have a fair heat tolerance and a 5 was right on the cusp of being too much for me, so take caution. Extra points: even if you get this drink mid-week, you'll still get all the accompanying snacks. All in all, a delicious bloody mary experience!

Rio Rita's - This East 6th bar is one of my favorites. While I've never had the bloody marys here, I know their infused-cocktail game is strong. Their bloody marys come in three levels: regular, jalapeno, and habanero. All house-infused.

Lucy's Fried Chicken - While I have mixed feelings about the chicken, I was extremely impressed with Lucy's bloody mary. Anywhere that makes their own mix is significantly cooler than a bottled-juice joint, that's a no-brainer. Spicy house made bloody mix with Clamato, horseradish, and hot sauce with homemade pickled veggies make this a slightly spicy bloody worth pairing with your chicken and waffles.

Frank - Bacon. Infused. Vodka. Need I say more? Okay, I will. Homemade bloody mix with a crazy depth of flavor, and they're not stingy on the toppings. Plus it has a cute name: "Red Headed Stranger." I love the cocktails at Frank, and the bloody mary is no exception, and is a great way to combat the sweetness of their drool-worthy French toast.

Image via the Star Bar Instagram
Star Bar - I have heard of the famous Hail Mary, which is more food than drink, but when I've tried to see it for myself the bar has been closed. According to Facebook, the Hail Mary made its grand return to Star Bar on Superbowl Sunday. If legend is to be believed, this epic bloody contains the following: an hot dog, lil’ smokies, bacon, shrimp, onion rings, hamburger slider, chicken nuggets, deviled egg, crab, pickled okra, tomatoes, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and a cinnamon roll. If you try it, do let me know.

South Congress Cafe - As with everything at this classy cafe, the tomato juice is fresh. They use pepper-inflused Tito's for a balanced spice. I haven't had this bloody myself, but multiple sources call it the "best ever" so it's gotta be good. Not heavy on the toppings, as other entries on this list are, but a clean and solid bloody for your classy brunch.

Swift's Attic - Swift's wins for the best do-it-yourself bloody mary bar in town. A few restaurants do the build-your-own schtick, but Swift's goes a step beyond with high quality ingredients. No shelf-stable bacon here! A side of bacon will run you $6, so you know it's legit here, and you'll see that fancy bacon as an accoutrement in the DIY bar. Various pickled things and stuffed olives, as well as cheese and some sort of fancy beef stick are also available to put into your drink. Two types of thick tomato mix are provided as well. I had a ton of fun putting as much into my bloody as possible, and the result was utterly delicious.

Alamo Drafthouse - How can you ensure you get a table for brunch in a timely manner? Buy a ticket. Alamo's bloody mary is heavy on the wasabi. While you can't quite SEE it (put your phone away!) the flavor packs a punch. Since the heat is wasabi, it burns quick and clean and is perfectly balanced by the tomato juice.

Bonus: Cheap Sunday Kickbutt Coffee special. It's a simple bloody--just a shot and some mix, maybe some olives if the bartender is feeling generous--but it's only $3 on Sundays! The only better deal is the $2 bloodies at La Condesa, but those require a sit down meal and a bit of a wait during brunch hours.

Where is your favorite place to get a bloody mary in Austin?

2016 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide - Austin's Best Fried Chicken


En route to Austin, Texas from Massachusetts I stopped in Nashville for some Hot Chicken. I immediately fell in love, and immediately after, I started CRAVING a solid fried chicken. Through trial and error, I found some places that will quell my craving in Austin. Check out my entry in the 2016 Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide for Austin's Best Fried Chicken below!

Ms. P's Electric Cock -- A personal favorite of mine, and not only because I take every guest who visits me in Austin to take a picture in front of the sign at her South Congress food truck. Ms. P's touts "FRESH, never frozen, no hormones, no additives, LOCAL free range chicken." The skin is crispy and flavorful, the meat is juicy, and the whole "eat local" jazz is just the feel-good icing on the deep fried cake. Plus her sides go beyond the typical mac and cheese and slaw sides you find at most fried chicken joints--Truffle Mac and Cheese, Street Corn, and Waffles are only a few of the tasty sides. Bonus Points: She serves a legit breakfast taco in the morning!
Ms P's Electric Cock 
1101 South Congress Avenue 
Austin, TX 78704

Hoover's -- Hoover's was the first fried chicken I had in Austin and I was pretty impressed. While they do have a heavy hand on the breading (I wish the ratio of meat had been a bit better, as did my fiance who had the chicken friend steak), the homestyle feel and traditional sides made this a satisfying meal. The Happy Hour specials are some of the best in the city, with a chicken basket of a leg, wing, and thigh for $6 among many other nibbles and libations from 3-7pm Monday-Friday. Plus they have a location in the airport, so you can check them out as soon as you step foot in our fine city!
Hoover's Cooking
2002 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

Gus's -- Gus. Where have you been all my life. Ever since I tasted the delicacy that is Nashville Hot Chicken, I've been craving that spicy crunch. And I've found it at Gus's. While Gus's is actually a chain that began in Memphis (so, not quite Nashville), they have the spicy fried chicken down to an art. I was blown away by the flavor of the skin and the juicy interior. There are no heat levels, so be comfortable with a "medium" amount of spice if you check them out. I thought the spice was perfect, but my fiance found it slightly overwhelming.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
117 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701

Lucy's -- Full disclosure: I've personally only ever had okay, not incredible meals at Lucy's. But I really really want to love them, so I keep trying again. I feel like either the skin is under-seasoned, or the meat is dried out. However, they deserve a spot on this list because 1. I am sure I've just had bad luck with how people rave about this place, and 2. The fact that I DREAM about the deep fried deviled eggs is enough to get me to keep coming back. Plus it's a totally "Austin" spot and the Lucy's on the Lake patio is breathtaking. The desserts and sides are delicious. Strangely enough, I enjoyed my leftovers better cold the next day. Come to find out, they'll serve them to you cold if you wish. Next time I'll try that!
Multiple Locations:

Kin & Comfort -- This restaurant's theme is Thai and Southern Food infusion. Might sound weird, but trust me--it WORKS. Tucked away in the Hana World Market on Parmer in North Austin (aka my neck of the woods) it's somewhere you might miss. But seek it out. Their home-fried chicken thigh is bursting with flavor. A solid choice for those in North Austin, and worth a trip for everyone else. It's a unique experience you won't soon forget.
Inside Hana World Market
1700 W Parmer Ln #100
Austin, TX 78727

Black Star Coop -- Another solid "eat local" choice, as their menu states: "With the spirit of co-operation guiding us, we've created a menu of Texas Pub Fare true to the vision of Black Star Co-op. Our desire to serve locally sourced and sustainably produced foods is met by a community of conscientious Texas farmers and ranchers who are devoted to the same principals." And their fried chicken never disappoints! I love that this menu item can be ordered in a "snack size" as I can never finish a whole basket by myself! The breading has a subtle spice as well as the honey and lemon vinagrette and the meat is always juicy. The accompanying Ranch dip is the perfect creamy addition to these crispy chicken legs.
STE 100

Bonus: sliders at Eureka. I recently ordered this Happy Hour item on a whim and was blown away by how perfect these little sandwiches are. We'd had a Food Blogger Alliance Happy Hour here, but these weren't served for us to sample--probably a good thing, as I would have eaten them all. It's a chain, but another good  one. While a fried chicken sandwich isn't really what this list is about, I felt it was worth pointing out. The Reaper Chili Sauce packs a subtle punch of heat, but not overwhelmingly so.
200 E. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701

Did I miss any legit fried chicken? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Eclairs


To prepare for my trip to Italy, I decided to try my hand at baking a French pastry.

Don't ask me how my mind works, I really don't know.

Italy recap, coming soon.

The plan was actually to post these in time for Valentine's Day, but that dang Italy trip had me all side tracked and suffice to say, these didn't post in time. Sorry about that, the lovely pink center would have been perfect for the occasion, don't you think?

I've always wanted to make my own eclairs, as they've long been my absolute favorite dessert (with cannoli and macarons close behind, of course), but to BLOG about, I knew I had to do something special. Since anyone can google a basic eclair recipe, I'm sure.

Cue me remembering my Whole Foods gift card from a promotion a while back, and the happy realization that blood oranges are in season. Ta-da! Blood orange eclairs.

This recipe will get a lot of pans dirty, and it's kind of involved, but the steps are easy. Don't be intimidated!

Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Eclairs
(Referenced Food Network for basic pastry recipe and pastry cream recipe)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 4 eggs

Blood Orange Pastry Cream

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp blood orange zest
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Ganache Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

Prepare the pastry: Sift together the sugar and the flour. Melt the butter into the water and bring to a simmer. Add the flour and mix until a soft dough forms--it should pull away from the pan and be oily.

-Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time, until the dough is thick but flows easily. Transfer to a pastry bag with a wide tip and pipe onto a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper.

-Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F or until light brown and puffy. Let cool to room temp.

-While the pastries are baking, prepare the cream: In a large bowl, mix together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and 1 cup of the heavy cream.

-In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the rest of the cream, blood orange juice, zest, and sugar. Let come to a simmer, about 10 minutes.

-Slowly pour a bit of the hot mixture into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Once the egg mixture is warm to the touch, add the rest of the blood orange mixture. Immediately press a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl so that it touches the surface of the custard. Let chill for two hours or overnight.

-Once chilled, pour pastry cream into a pastry bag fitted with a metal tip, and press into the end of each eclair. Squeeze gently to fill with pastry cream.

-Heat the heavy cream for the ganache and pour over the dark chocolate. Let sit for five minutes, then mix until smooth. Let chill slightly, then use to frost the finished eclairs.

TIP: If your pastry cream breaks, like mine did on the first try, divide the cream in half. Sprinkle one envelope of flavorless gelatin over one half, and warm the other until barely steaming. Mix together, and chill. It should thicken within an hour.

DOUBLE TIP: Use some food coloring to get that deep red. I won't tell.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Game Day Baked Garlic Wings


So, I've never ACTUALLY cared about sports. Football especially. I just don't see the point in a game that starts and stops and involves grown men tackling each other for a ball. The stopping and starting... bleh. BUT, I've always loved the food. ESPECIALLY the wings.

What's weird though, is ever since moving to Texas, I've been a bit more interested in my "home team"--the Patriots. Last year was fun. The Pats were in it, the games were playing on Texas tvs, and despite that "deflategate" nonsense, I was happy to say I was from New England.

Woooo Tom Brady! (pretend I said that with a Boston accent, ok?) We'll just forget I wore a Red Sox shirt during the game... oops.

This year, the Pats sadly didn't make it. But it's okay, I think they needed a year to get over the controversy... at least until the next one comes up.

These wings remind me of home. Not because of the Pats, but because they're my attempt to create a delicious dish from my hometown: Garlic chicken wings. They're savory and totally umami, and pack a bit less heat than your typical buffalo wing. Serve these at your "big game" party*--you won't be sorry.

Game Day Baked Garlic Wings

  • 12 chicken wing pieces (or 6 wings, cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4-6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos/soy sauce
  • Cooking spray (olive oil preferred)

-Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix together the flours, 1 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1 tsp baking powder.

-Toss the wings with the flour mixture. Set the wings on a wire rack and spray liberally with cooking spray.

-Bake for 30 minutes. Then, increase heat to 450 and bake for another 20.

-While the wings are baking, prepare the sauce: melt the butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, coconut aminos, and the remaining cajun seasoning.

-Once the wings are done, toss with butter sauce and serve.

*Isn't it SUPER duper dumb we can't call the game what it really is without facing a potential cease and desist? Oh well. I guess I'll just eat a BOWL of these lil fuckers and deal with it :P

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Low Carb Spaghetti Squash with Clam Sauce

Low carb has got to be my favorite diet to attempt and fail at. Why? Because it doesn't taste like I'm eating cardboard--1. Except those pre-packaged Atkins snack bars, gag. and 2. I just typo'd that as "carbboard" LOLZ--and I don't have to compromise flavor. Sub in pasta for squash and lettuce for bread and you avoid a bloaty tummy for a week before you succumb to pizza's siren song.

I even put this recipe into an online calorie calculator and the calories clocked in at under 350 per serving despite the heavy cream. If you trust those kind of things, that is. So even if you're all ZOMG I CANNOT GIVE UP TEH BREADZ!!!1 fine. Sub out the squash for your favorite carby delight, I don't care.

Whether you're using squash or zoodles or whatever, the true star here is the sauce. It's creamy, slightly briny, and with a little punch of spice. And because it's spicy, you can forget that "white wine with seafood" nonsense and go for a solid red instead.

Are you a bit wary of canned seafood? Don't be. Avoid the store brand if it makes you nervous, but aside from a minor texture difference these canned clams tasted legit.

PS. Finally posting this recipe because I'll be in Italy next week and I want to prep myself for the onslaught of bread and cheese and homemade pasta made by little old Italian men and figured a carb-conscious week was a good way to prepare. Be ready for "look at this vacation I went on" bragging pics in the near future, and rest assured I am kicking myself for stupidly putting it on my near-maxxed credit card like the true Millennial I am.

PPS. Why didn't I class up with mofo with some parsley? It tastes better than it looks, promise.

Spaghetti Squash with Clam Sauce

  • 1 small spaghetti squash, sliced in half with the seeds scooped out
  • 2 cans clams, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese

-Bake the spaghetti squash at 400 degrees with a light coating of olive oil until softened, about 25-30 minutes. Scrape strands out from the rind and set aside.

-While the squash is cooking, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent.

-Add the clams, roasted red pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes. Add the wine and let simmer until wine is reduced by half.

-Stir in the cream, salt and pepper, and a bit of parm. Stir well and simmer until sauce has thickened. If needed, use a cornstarch slurry (1 tbsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water) to thicken.

-Toss sauce with spaghetti squash strands, serve hot with an extra sprinkling of parm cheese.