— Where will Veracruz Tacos rank on the Food Network’s Top Five Restaurants’s taco-centric show? Find out tonight when it airs at 9:30 p.m. If Aaron Franklin had his way, it’d be number one.
— Cheaper beer and wine with coupons, which are currently illegal, might soon become a reality in Texas if grocery stores have anything to do with it. The Texas Retailers Association, which represents bigger supermarkets, want the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to approve of coupons for beer and wine. Smaller shops are against the regulation, though, because they feel it will hurt their sales.
—Qui chef Jorge Hernandez fell in love with Cambodian cuisine after having a home-cooked meal by the restaurant's media maven Deana Saukam in Houston. The two spoke to Food Republic about why the regional cuisine should be more popular. Saukam also mentioned that she and Paul Qui have talked about opening a Cambodian restaurant of their very own.
— LaV was all over the news this weekend. First, pastry chef slash temporary executive chef Janina O’Leary was profiled in Latina. The Texan took advice from Julia Child, lucked out with a job at Per Se because of snow, and loves bunuelos.
— Then, the New York Time’s T Magazine highlighted LaV and Vilma Mazaite, the managing partner and head sommelier. She had never been to Texas before working with the restaurant. Wine, to her, has a codependent relation to meals: "That structure in a wine is meant to go with food—to elevate the dish and the dish vice versa," she said. She made some summer wine recommendations, too.
— With the status of Austin’s live music capital of the world being threatened with the potential closures of Holy Mountain and Red 7 and hotel construction affecting Cheer Up Charlie’s and Mohawk, The Austin Business Journal took a deep dive into the liquor revenue of the bars and clubs from the past 17 months. Stubb’s is at the top of the list, because it’s a restaurant and one of the larger concert venues in the city, and the impact of SXSW is very, very strong.