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Mitchell Davis of James Beard Foundation interviews Mike & Amy at Roberta's in Brooklyn

Radio interview, Roberta's, Mitchell DavisMike MillsWhile we were in town for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party we recorded an interview with Mitchell Davis on his Taste Matters show broadcast every Wednesday on Heritage Radio Network.

We talked about barbecue and its various nuances, regional styles, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, OnCue and the education/training we offer at 17th Street and a gave tips for great barbecue in your own backyard. Listen to the entire interview here.

The unique studio is located inside Roberta’s, a trendy Bushwick pizza joint. The building is constructed out of shipping containers cobbled together with various found and reclaimed pieces of wood, metal, and other artifacts – kind of like the Brooklyn version of The Shed. A large window in the studio overlooks the light-filled back dining area of the restaurant. The diners could see us recording and our mouths were watering as we watched trays laden with food being delivered to table after table. We were happy to relax over a delicious lunch after the show.

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If you’re in the New York City/Brooklyn areas, you might be interested in this upcoming Hawaiian Barbecue fundraiser, benefitting the station, on Sunday, August 11 in the back garden of Roberta’s.

Thank you so much for inviting us, Mitchell. We were honored to be guests!



Austin Trek Part 3: the Boots


Elizabeth Karmel and me outside our Mecca.

No trip to Austin is complete without a pilgrimage to Allens Boots, the premiere resource for cowboy boots and fashionable western apparel. Their huge selection of Lucchese and Old Gringo boots is unparalleled.

We shopped ’til we dropped and even outfitted Keith Schmidt with several pairs of boots. Then Keith became my personal shopper and his eagle eye spotted these:

Foodways_StingrayBootsI prefer men’s Luccheses as they fit me best. And hidden in plain sight, on a higher shelf in the men’s department, were these stingray beauties. They were custom made for a man who never picked them up. And now they are mine.

Allens has continually updated shopping site where you can shop by brand, size, etc. And if you make your way there in person, ask for Ryan or Rebecca. They are both extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Tell them I sent you!

We didn’t have much time for other shopping this time around, but we did pop into Uncommon Objects, a large antique emporium in which you can get lost for hours, and Heritage Boots, another fine boot purveyor. Both are highly recommended stops.

Read more about my Austin trip: Part 1 and Part 2.