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Warby Parker “Home Try-On”

When my photographer pal Noah Kalina was in LA for our Everyday video shoot, I mentioned to him that I’d been contacted by the eyeglasses retailer Warby Parker, who happened to be one of my favorite companies. Noah goes, he goes, “I want to be in it.” And the idea came instantly, right there in front of Umami Burger. The good people at Warby Parker signed off on it, and out we went to Brooklyn to shoot the thing.

Honestly, it’s one of the most gratifyingly silliest ideas I’ve gotten to make, and in service of a product far more stylish and cool than I have any right to be a part of. They’re really good glasses. I wear three pairs interchangeably, including these from the new sunglasses line.

And I almost forgot to mention. REGGIE FUCKING WATTS. The narrator is Reggie Watts. I don’t know how it happened either. It just is, so let’s just go with it.

The UPS guy is the inimitably charming, Put This On’s own auteur-in-residence Benjamin Ahr Harrison.

Many excruciatingly talented people helped make this. Here they are:

I love this. 

(Source: sandwichvideo)

Top Indieroke Songs 2007-2011

Journey-Don’t Stop Believin’ (26)
Seal - Kiss From A Rose (23)
Digital Underground - Humpty Dance (19)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland 1945 (18)
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart (17)
Living Color - Cult of Personality (17)
Cranberries - Zombie (17)
4 Non Blondes - What’s Up? (17)
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road (17)
Commodores - Easy (16)
George Michael - Faith (16)

Baby Elephant Kalina is On Exhibit
Kalina! The  				name of the new baby elephant, pronounced KA-LEAN’-AH, means  				flower, love, or beautiful, and she certainly qualifies on at  				least two counts – we’re not sure about the flower part. 

Baby Elephant Kalina is On Exhibit

Kalina! The name of the new baby elephant, pronounced KA-LEAN’-AH, means flower, love, or beautiful, and she certainly qualifies on at least two counts – we’re not sure about the flower part. 

Top 40 Albums of 2009


Forty?  Only forty? 

It’s always been 50, but I just can’t stretch myself that thin this year.  I think this is a side-effect of aging:  becoming yet more particular with my taste, needing to “concentrate” more during the workday, enjoying silence.  I may need to do something radical, like get into Classical Music.  According to the many databases by which I track my listening habits, I tuned in less this year than in previous years.  It might have to do with Spider cobwebs on my brain.  Or maybe it was just a soft year for new music.  Whatever the case may be, I don’t have the time to really editorialize the list, but I will happily engage in discussions on the matter, especially of the kind formulated:  “You suck!  Band X is totally overrated.”  Or even better, “Where is the Animal Collective album?  Please turn in your hipster badge.” 

BTW, I continue to get most of my recommendations from reading Pitchfork, and it is important for me to get my list out before theirs, so you don’t think I am too influenced by them (I am). 


Without further adieu..

The Top 40 Albums of 2009

1.  Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
2.  Cass McCombs - Catacombs
3.  Woods - Songs of Shame
4.  The xx - xx
5.  Wooden Birds - Magnolia
6.  Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
7.  Love Is All - A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night (2008)
8.  Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
9.  Girls - Album
10.  Antlers - Hospice
11.  Beirut - March of the Zapotec & Realpeople Holland
12.  Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
13.  Flaming Lips - Embryonic
14.  John Frusciante - The Empyrean
15.  Bon Iver - Blood Bank
16.  Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux (2008)
17.  Passion Pit - Chunk of Change (2008) / Manners
18.  The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath
19.  Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
20.  Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
21.  Cursive - Mama, I’m Swollen
22.  Max Tundra - Parallax Error Beheads You (2008)
23.  Yim Yames - Tribute To
24.  Volcano Choir - Unmap
25.  Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring
26.  Balmorhea - All is Wild, All is Silent
27.  Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
28.  Dinosaur Jr - Farm
29.  Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
30.  Hauschka - Ferndorf (2008)
31.  Various Artists - Dark Was The Night
32.  Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
33.  Here We Go Magic - s/t
34.  The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - s/t
35.  Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
36.  Ola Podrida - Belly of the Lion
37.  Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
38.  Espers - III
39.  Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave / Alight of Night (2008)
40.  Patrick Wolf - The Bachelor


Album I listened to the most before realizing that it sucks:

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca


Top 10 “Old Timey” Albums of the Year

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (yes, again)
Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3
T. Rex - Slider
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
Leonard Cohen - New Skin For The Old Ceremony
Chopin - Nocturnes
Jawbreaker - Bivouac
Jesus Lizard - Goat
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Sparklehorse - It’s A Wonderful Life

Giant Spider Invades Liverpool→

Albums You Might Not Like .. But You Should!
Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3

What if the three members of the Rush accidentally co-fathered an emo baby named Bronx or possibly Mowgli with a beautiful blonde starlet?  Could this love child produce the silky sheen, the paranoid delusions, the absurdist tales of prophecy and warfare and insecurity that you find in these massively entertaining 70 minutes of rock?
These dudes have a heightened sense of grandeur and bombast that rivals the most inflated egos in rock.  Witness their website, where the band members’ names are listed as on a movie trailer.  Oh wait, it is a movie trailer, for a FOUR DVD live recording where they play their FOUR CONCEPT ALBUMS front to back.  I’m not at that level of fandom quite yet. But I am on my way!
This stuff is surreal wide-screen psychedelia for the suicidal and broken-hearted kids of the Guitar Hero generation.  Mix in the psychotic fantasy with killer riffs and soaring, warbling choruses, and I am hooked.
For this C&C music factory, I gladly hold on (revert?) to my youth.

Albums You Might Not Like .. But You Should!

Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3

What if the three members of the Rush accidentally co-fathered an emo baby named Bronx or possibly Mowgli with a beautiful blonde starlet?  Could this love child produce the silky sheen, the paranoid delusions, the absurdist tales of prophecy and warfare and insecurity that you find in these massively entertaining 70 minutes of rock?

These dudes have a heightened sense of grandeur and bombast that rivals the most inflated egos in rock.  Witness their website, where the band members’ names are listed as on a movie trailer.  Oh wait, it is a movie trailer, for a FOUR DVD live recording where they play their FOUR CONCEPT ALBUMS front to back.  I’m not at that level of fandom quite yet. But I am on my way!

This stuff is surreal wide-screen psychedelia for the suicidal and broken-hearted kids of the Guitar Hero generation.  Mix in the psychotic fantasy with killer riffs and soaring, warbling choruses, and I am hooked.

For this C&C music factory, I gladly hold on (revert?) to my youth.

Top 50 Albums of 2008


Hello, and welcome to another annual edition of David Kalina’s Top 50 Albums of the Year.  This year.

If you’re new to the Kalina List Experience, the scoop is that I do this for two main reasons:  1.  To encourage friends and family to check out albums I have lived and loved over the calendar year and 2.  For my own amusement.  I’ve listened to every album in this list (and a bunch that didn’t make the cut) over the past week and a half in an effort to Get It Right.  It was good fun going back through the catalog, re-listening to stuff that had fallen off my radar or that had completely slipped through the cracks.

I’m trying to spice it up this year with some “writing.”  It may not be hugely insightful, but I guess it might make things more entertaining than a straight up list.



CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE.
Did the Mountain Goats really make the list?  That dude needs an editor.  I was really disappointed in the new Notwist album; it barely makes an impression at all.

50.  Notwist - The Devil You + Me
49.  Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
48.  Air France - No Way Down
47.  Kelley Polar - Look Out The Sky Is Falling
46.  Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost
45.  Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave



WHAT’S THAT ON MY PIZZA? I don’t take the right kind of drugs to fully appreciate these albums.

44.  Nomo - Ghost Rock
43.  Man Man - Rabbit Habits



REHEATED LEFT-OVERS. Can somebody tell me when the crusty old Tindersticks are going to play a show in Texas?  The Hungry Saw is one of their weakest albums, but it still pleases on occasion.  Retribution Gospel Choir is a Low cover album featuring the guy from Low.  I like Low.  Takka Takka is an album I overlooked during the year and just rediscovered this week while making this list.  I don’t know much about them.  The Studio album consists of remixes that are better than their last full length album.  It’s got a Kylie song on it.

42.  Retribution Gospel Choir - Retribution Gospel Choir
41.  Tindersticks - The Hungry Saw
40.  Studio - Yearbook 2
39.  Takka Takka - Migration



INDIE ROCK FAST FOOD. Cut Copy would be really awesome if they had a halfway-decent singer in the band.  I also frequently get them confused with MGMT.  I always like the Wolf Parade album when I put it on.  Strangely, I never want to put it on.  I wish I had more to say about Deerhunter.  I saw White Denim on the Austinist Booze Cruise, which was sweet.  They need to release a proper album already.

38.  Deerhunter - Microcastle
37.  Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
36.  Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
35.  Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
34.  White Denim - Let’s Talk About It (2007)



BEDROOM ROCK #2 - The opiate-friendly section of the list.  The Boats consistently make albums I like to fall asleep to.

33.  Brightblack Morning Light - Motion to Rejoin
32.  M83 - Saturdays = Youth
31.  Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling
30.  Castanets - City of Refuge
29.  Sigur Ros - Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
28.  The Boats - Our Small Ideas



DIGITAL DESSERT. Apparently it is difficult for electronic music to chart much higher than this.  Lindstrøm reminds me of Orbital in a good way.  Department of Eagles is Grizzly Bear with some “experimentation” on top.  Okkervil River released a B-side album, and there’s nothing digital about it.  I like the word “frickled.”  The Week That Was is the other Field Music side project, so if you’re one of my three friends who knows who they are, check it out.

27.  The Week That Was - The Week That Was
26.  Apparat - Things To Be Frickled
25.  Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
24.  Department of Eagles - In Ear Park
23.  Lindstrøm - Where You Go I Go Too



BEDROOM ROCK #1. Friend Ben Kamen’s EP is seriously impressive and he deserves to be mentioned alongside other intense, bearded white troubadours like David Thomas Broughton and the dude on the cover of the Phosphorescent album.  British Sea Power and Nick Cave don’t really fit the label but I only have so much energy for this categorization business.

22.  The Walkmen - You & Me
21.  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
20.  Phosphorescent - Pride (2007)
19.  Ben Kamen - Dreams
18.  David Thomas Broughton - David Thomas Broughton vs. 7 Hertz (2007)
17.  British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
16.  Clientele - That Night, A Forest Grew
15.  The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead



A CUP OF PLEASANT SURPRISES WITH A TEASPOON OF DISAPPOINTMENT.  I expected more from Hot Chip, but Made in the Dark is pretty great as long as you delete the offensively horrible “Wrestlers” track and never listen to it.  Last time I was interested in Portishead, I was being disappointed by their awful live show at Hammerstein Ballroom about a decade ago.  Their new album has no business being this good.  I also thought Black Mountain was going to blow my mind with a new selection of spacy stoner jams, but their new album is merely very good.  Pete in Houston once said to me, “The War on Drugs should be fucking huge.  They sound like the Arcade Fire meets Bob Dylan!”  I am not sure I agree, but that’s a dang good album.

14.  Magnetic Fields - Distortion
13.  Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
12.  Beach House - Devotion
11.  Black Mountain - In The Future
10.  Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Flight
9.  Portishead - Third
8.  The War on Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues



DEPENDABLE DELIGHTS
.  I cooked a lot of delicious, sad, and beautiful pasta while listening to Sun Kil Moon this year.  Mark Kozelek’s best output by far.  This year’s Jacket was a bit of a “disappointment” at #3 but even Jim James’ “worst” is better than 99.5% of all music produced today.  Seeing them live continues to excite every time — from the intimate St. David’s Church solo show to the undercrowded Parisian Le Trabendo to the stupidly massive Austin Music Hall — all terrific shows.  School of Language is the better of this year’s two Field Music side projects.  Those guys are pretty awesome.  Renee once told me that she thinks the Dirty Projectors guy sings like I do.  Not sure if that’s a compliment, but Rise Above is a fascinating and challenging album with a cool back story (look it up).

7.  School of Language - Sea From Shore
6.  Hold Steady - Stay Positive
5.  Dirty Projectors - Rise Above (2007)
4.  Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP / Fleet Foxes
3.  My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2.  Sun Kil Moon - April



THE MAIN COURSE. Brilliantly conceived, consistently excellent, a career- and genre-defining expression of superior musical talent.  It’s so good that I have to author karaoke tracks in its honor.  If you don’t think this album is amazing, it is possible that you may not have a soul.  (No pressure)

1.  TV on the Radio - Dear Science,


Just missed the cut:  Spiritualized - Songs in A&E, Nine Inch Nails - The Slip, Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair, MGMT - Oracular Spectacular, Thao - We Brave Bee Stings And All, Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Lie Down in the Light, Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head, Dodos - Visiter, Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom, Sebastien Tellier - Sexuality


TOP OLD-TIMEY ALBUMS THAT I LISTENED TO IN 2008

1.  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. Last year it was Tusk.  I fucking love the Mac.
2.  Billy Bragg - Worker’s Playtime. Lots of Bragg to explore.  Guy is a lyrical genius.  See also Disc 1 of “Must I Paint You A Picture.”
3.  Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill. Is this old-timey enough?  It’s not like I didn’t listen to it when it came out.  Underrated.
4.  Iggy Pop - Lust For Life. A lyric in the new Hold Steady album pointed me smartly this way.
5.  Velvet Underground & Nico. Got into White Light/White Heat and the s/t one years ago.  For some reason this one didn’t stick, till now.
6.  Blondie - Parallel Lines. Thank you, Guitar Hero / Rock Band.
7.  Bob Dylan - Desire. Scott Barber LA visitation album of the year.
8.  Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd. Seriously!
9.  Queen - Jazz. Mostly because of my experience seeing Zach’s Queen cover band.
10.  Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide. Thank you, Midway Bathroom aka “DJ Shit.”  Glad I got something out of that work experience.

Top 50 Albums — 2005-2007 Recap

Recapping the last three years’ lists before I do it up for ‘08!

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2007

1.  The National - Boxer
2.  Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High
3.  Hot Chip - The Warning (2006)
4.  Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
5.  Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6.  Okkervil River - The Stage Names
7.  Chromatics - Night Drive
8.  Radiohead - In Rainbows
9.  LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
10.  Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

11.  Elliott Smith - New Moon
12.  The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
13.  The Killers - Sam’s Town (2006)
14.  Travis Morrison Hellfighters - All Y’all
15.  Blonde Redhead - 23
16.  Iron & Wine - The Shepherd’s Dog
17.  Liars - Liars
18.  Menomena - Friend and Foe (2006)
19.  Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
20.  Grizzly Bear - Friend EP

21.  Rogue Wave - Asleep At Heaven’s Gate
22.  Low - Drums and Guns
23.  Earlimart - Mentor Tormentor
24.  Interpol - Our Love To Admire
25.  Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
26.  Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
27.  Battles - Mirrored
28.  Shugo Tokumaru - Exit
29.  Jens Lekman - Kalendervagen 113.D
30.  Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity

31.  Deerhunter - Cryptograms
32.  Field Music - Tones of Town
33.  Ola Podrida - Ola Podrida
34.  The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
35.  Justice - †
36.  Les Savy Fav - Let’s Stay Friends
37.  Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
38.  The New Pornographers - Challengers
39.  Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like This
40.  Apparat - Walls

41.  Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
42.  Feist - The Reminder
43.  The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
44.  Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
45.  PJ Harvey - White Chalk
46.  Art Brut - It’s A Bit Complicated
47.  M.I.A. - Kala
48.  Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust
49.  Ghostland Observatory - Paparazzi Lightning (2006)
50.  Women & Children - Paralyzed Dance, Tonight

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2006

1.  Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
2.  Jens Lekman - Oh You’re So Silent Jens (2005)
3.  Field Music - Field Music (2005)
4.  Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (2005)
5.  TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
6.  The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
7.  The Knife - Silent Shout
8.  Cursive - Happy Hollow
9.  Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics
10.  Beirut - Gulag Orkestar

11.  Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP
12.  Herbert - Scale
13.  Peter Bjorn and John - Writer’s Block
14.  Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Broom
15.  Decemberists - The Crane Wife
16.  Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
17.  Walkmen - A Hundred Years Off
18.  Lucero - Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers
19.  His Name Is Alive - Detrola
20.  Thom Yorke - The Eraser

21.  Okkervil River - Overboard and Down EP
22.  M. Ward - Post-War
23.  Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
24.  David Thomas Broughton - The Complete Guide to Insufficiency
25.  The Boats - Tomorrow Time
26.  Destroyer - Rubies
27.  Califone - Roots and Crowns
28.  White Magic - Dat Rosa Mel Aphibus
29.  Danielson - Ships
30.  Band of Horses - Everything All The Time

31.  Brightback Morning Light - Brightback Morning Light
32.  Espers - Espers II
33.  Tool - 10000 Days
34.  Joanna Newsom - Ys
35.  Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
36.  Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams
37.  Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
38.  Appleseed Cast - Peregrine
39.  Asobi Seksu - Citrus
40.  Gil Mantera’s Party Dream - Bloodsongs

41.  Richard Buckner - Meadow
42.  Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
43.  Mystery Jets - Making Dens
44.  Natural Snow Buildings - The Dance of the Moon and the Sun
45.  Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
46.  Norfolk & Western - A Gilded Age EP
47.  Lovely Feathers - Hind Hind Legs
48.  Luomo - Paper Tigers
49.  Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
50.  Juana Molina - Son

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2005

1.  The National – Alligator
2.  Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
3.  The Clientele – Strange Geometry
4.  M. Ward – Transistor Radio
5.  My Morning Jacket - Z
6.  American Analog Set – Set Free
7.  Iron Wine – Woman King
8.  Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
9.  LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
10.  Hood – Outside Closer


11.  Black Mountain – Black Mountain
12.  Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
13.  New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
14.  Super Furry Animals – Love Kraft
15.  Low – The Great Destroyer
16.  Dirty Three – Cinder
17.  Sigur Ros - Takk
18.  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – s/t
19.  The Headphones – s/t
20.  Castanets – First Light’s Freeze


21.  Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
22.  Doves – Some Cities
23.  Decemberists - Picaresque
24.  Devendra Banhart – Cripple Crow
25.  Raveonettes – Pretty in Black
26.  The Kills – No Wow
27.  White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
28.  Serena Maneesh – Serena Maneesh
29.  13 God – 13 God
30.  And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Worlds Apart


31.  Broadcast – Tender Buttons
32.  Spoon – Gimme Fiction
33.  Blood on the Wall – Awesomer
34.  Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better
35.  The Joggers – With A Cape And A Cane
36.  Espers – The Weed Tree
37.  Lucksmiths – Warmer Corners
38.  Damon Naomi – The Earth is Blue
39.  The Double – Loose in the Air
40.  Scout Niblett – Kidnapped By Neptune


41.  Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake And It’s Morning
42.  The Wilderness – s/t
43.  Animal Collective – Feels
44.  The Frames – Burn The Maps
45.  Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
46.  Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
47.  Will Oldham Matt Sweeney – Superwolf
48.  Sam Prekop – Who’s Your New Professor?
49.  Cloud Cult – Advice From The Happy Hippotamus
50.  Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Horses in the Sky

DO NOT EAT:  “Cream Cheese Bagels” at Starbucks, Pierre Trudeau International Airport, Montreal
What I want to know is this:  where do you put the cream cheese?
Also:  Did their “bagel machine” experience some kind of mechanical failure?
Finally:  why am I sitting here “blogging,” while I’m in Brooklyn and I can get a decent motherfucking bagel if I walk 15 minutes down Bedford?  I can even get the Temp-Tee cream cheese and perhaps some halfway decent lox.
Unless you have some kind of rare cognitive disorder, DO NOT EAT.

DO NOT EAT:  “Cream Cheese Bagels” at Starbucks, Pierre Trudeau International Airport, Montreal


What I want to know is this:  where do you put the cream cheese?

Also:  Did their “bagel machine” experience some kind of mechanical failure?

Finally:  why am I sitting here “blogging,” while I’m in Brooklyn and I can get a decent motherfucking bagel if I walk 15 minutes down Bedford?  I can even get the Temp-Tee cream cheese and perhaps some halfway decent lox.

Unless you have some kind of rare cognitive disorder, DO NOT EAT.

DO NOT EAT:  “Bialys” at Cissi’s Market, Austin
The anti-bagel bias in this town is fairly striking.  It is likely because the locals haven’t ever experienced a True Bagel, so they claim that they don’t enjoy them because they are too “heavy,” unlike say, the breakfast tacos they got at one of 800 78704 taco destinations.
As a result, we have this feeble attempt at hawking a “bialy” on the South Austin population.  I don’t even have to eat the “bialy” to know that it is inadequate.  The explanation on the card tells me everything I need to know.
Cissi’s market is great for precisely five things:  they sell Grandma’s Hummus, farm eggs from Ringger’s, local grass-fed beef, miscellaneous locally grown veggies, and their rather delicious Kohana blend coffee.  They used to sell Kurobuta pork belly out of their meat case, but I have to make a special request for the pork belly now, which is unfortunate.
Go for the local goods, but DO NOT EAT the bialy.

DO NOT EAT:  “Bialys” at Cissi’s Market, Austin

The anti-bagel bias in this town is fairly striking.  It is likely because the locals haven’t ever experienced a True Bagel, so they claim that they don’t enjoy them because they are too “heavy,” unlike say, the breakfast tacos they got at one of 800 78704 taco destinations.

As a result, we have this feeble attempt at hawking a “bialy” on the South Austin population.  I don’t even have to eat the “bialy” to know that it is inadequate.  The explanation on the card tells me everything I need to know.

Cissi’s market is great for precisely five things:  they sell Grandma’s Hummus, farm eggs from Ringger’s, local grass-fed beef, miscellaneous locally grown veggies, and their rather delicious Kohana blend coffee.  They used to sell Kurobuta pork belly out of their meat case, but I have to make a special request for the pork belly now, which is unfortunate.

Go for the local goods, but DO NOT EAT the bialy.