— After the death of Anthony Bourdain last week, Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn remembered when television host visited Austin’s barbecue joints in 2012. Bourdain asked what was “special” about Texas barbecue when he joined him on the Franklin Barbecue line during the filming of No Reservations. Vaughn had put importance on what Bourdain thought about the meal because the “regular eating crowd” cared what he said. Plus there were visits to pitmaster John Mueller’s then-trailer and La Barbecue. Vaughn appreciated how open Bourdain was with everyone and how he actually stood in line for food. And of course he loved the food and the experiences.
— Texas Monthly also put together a photo essay of Franklin Barbecue through the years with photographer Wyatt McSpadden, including including photos of the fire aftermath last summer and the renovated pit room.
— Austinites former professional tennis player Andy Roddick and actor Brooklyn Decker are now shareholders and ambassadors for cookie delivery company Tiff’s Treats, which often contributes to the Andy Roddick Foundation. Look out for a South by Southwest event for Tiff’s hosted by the couple next year.
— Recent Central East Austin restaurant Rosewood added happy hour with $5 red and white wines and tapped rose, along $4 draft beers and various discounted cocktails. There are bites too that range from candied nuts to smoked cheddar-jalapeno sausages. It’s available from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.