Oxheart's Justin Yu on Being a James Beard Semifinalist

Oxheart, Justin Yu's 31-seat Houston restaurant, has received an immense amount of praise since opening in March of last year. Bon Appétit, GQ, Texas Monthly, and numerous media outlets have dubbed the vegetable-centric restaurant one of the best in the nation. Naturally when the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, it came as no real shock that both Justin Yu and Oxheart were honored as semifinalists.

Kaeshi Egg

12 large free range or farm eggs
4 shallots, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chopped maitake mushrooms (about ½ pound), or any mushrooms of your choice
1/4 cup port wine
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cups truffle oil
2 cups dried mushrooms
2 tablespoons  butter
1 cup almond meal
2 cups soy sauce
2 cups Mirin
2 ounces  kombu
2 ounes bonito
1 ounces truffle shavings 

Houston History For Sale: $5

I don’t usually respond to email invitations from people I don’t know, but the invite from Judy Robinson, who runs one of Houston’s A-list estate sale companies, was hard to resist: “Estate Sale from the Houston Residence of the late Mildred Yount Manion II, Heiress from an Important Texas Oil Family and Kentucky’s Famous Spindletop Horse Farm.”

Hunger + Games

What should you expect when you eat at the Pass? To have your mind messed with, in the best possible way. That is the conclusion a friend and I reached when, in a happy daze, we polished off the last bite of an eight-course tasting menu at Houston’s hot new dining spot.

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