Very tasty pecans

Pecans from Berdoll Pecan FarmJust in time to make some Thanksgiving pecan pie (my favorite kind of pie), our order from Berdoll Pecan Farms arrived yesterday. For those who drive from Houston to Austin along Highway 71, the Berdoll store is the one just outside of Austin with the giant, super-fast, scrolling electronic marquee that flashes PECANS and can be seen for miles.

A couple years back, we actually stopped in The Pecan Store for the first time. We were sold the moment we sampled the product. Then, we sampled some more. Or at least I did because pecans are one of my favorites and these were about the best I’ve ever tasted.

Anyway, we’ll be using their golden pecans for pecan pie this year. They look terrific, but I haven’t tasted this batch yet. We ordered some of the candy pecans and broke into the dark chocolate covered ones last night. Wow! The dark chocolate is rich and the pecan in the center is meaty and flavorful. Amazing.

I can wait to break into the honey glazed and the cinnamon sugar pecans…

Updated Nov-22-2007 – The cinnamon sugar pecans are quite good and more of the natural pecan flavor comes through in every bite, but both of us still prefer the wonderful dark chocolate coated pecans. The pecan pie turned out freakin’ awesome! The pie was a big hit at dinner tonight and everyone was jockeying for a piece to take home. We took about a quarter pie home, but my ace-in-the-hole is that we have a second bag of golden pecans that we didn’t use. Mmmm – more pecan pie…

Cubita Coffee

Cubita CoffeeMy current coffee is Cubita – Cuban Style Coffee which is produced by Ruta Maya Coffee up in Austin. Funny, the coffee beans are from Ecuador and other Latin American countries because I guess there’s still a trade embargo with Cuba. So far, I like it. I can’t describe it, but there’s a distinct flavor present between the beans and the way they’re roasted. It must be the Sabor de Cuba. Other Ruta Maya blends are good, too.

I remember going to the Ruta Maya coffee house in Austin when it was up on 3rd or 4th street in an old building with a tall loading dock. They’ve since moved down South Congress, but I haven’t been there since. Maybe it’s time for a road trip.