[31 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 1,685 views]
Odd Duck: A Great Place for a Date or to Catch Up with a Friend

Odd Duck was one of the most popular and successful food trailers in Austin during the food truck boom of 2010 to early 2012. It was one of the stops on the Tasty Up Food Trailer Tour that Addie Broyles and I hosted in 2010. Chef Bryce Gilmore closed Odd Duck to focus on his first brick-and mortar restaurant – Barley Swine.

In December, he along with partners Sam Hellman-Mass (chef), Jason James (bar and front-of-house), Mark Buley (chef and bread program), and Dylan Gilmore (brother and business manager) opened Odd Duck …

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[27 Jan 2014 | 5 Comments | 1,775 views]
Tacodeli: One of Austin’s Best Brunches

After 15 years of satisfying the taco cravings of Austinites and visitors alike, Tacodeli is as popular as ever.

They will soon open their fourth and fifth Austin locations – at Burnet and Anderson Lane and Bee Caves Road and 360 respectively. Tacodeli serves some of the freshest, most delicious tacos in town for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They have built a well-deserved following for their house-made tortillas, spicy Doña salsa, support of local farmers and producers, and friendly staff.
I started going to Tacodeli regularly in 2005; I lived in an …

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Featured, Restaurants, Tasty Bits, Tasty Tuesdays »

[13 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 2,403 views]
Austin Food and Drink Recommendations

Tonight I was invited to speak at the monthly meeting of the Austin Concierge and Guest Services Association. The event was held at the Hotel Ella with a delicious family-style meal provided by their on-site restaurant – Goodall’s.
I’m a huge fan of concierges – in fact, before I had an iPhone, I had the Four Seasons concierge desk on speed dial for those times when I was away from a computer and needed a recommendation. There was limited time to talk about food and drink in Austin during the meeting, …

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Memories, Travels »

[27 Dec 2013 | 7 Comments | 1,983 views]
One Night in San Antonio

Adam and I recently went to San Antonio for a little one night getaway — well, not exactly recently — it was last Christmas Eve to be exact. It was my first time staying in San Antonio overnight and it’s been on my “to blog” list ever since. We stayed at the Liz Lambert owned Hotel Havana which was originally built in 1914 and opened in 2010 as a boutique, dog friendly hotel.

Our dog Lucy approved of the simple and evocative room decor.

Hotel Havana provides freshly laundered and bleached bedding for …

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[18 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 1,747 views]
Coco Coquette Wig Party

I like to celebrate milestone birthdays, well, all birthdays really, for a while. This year, I celebrated the actual day of my birthday at Utopia Fest. It was so much fun! Since I couldn’t be with some of my close friends, I decided to do something I’ve wanted to do since I read about it in the Austin Eavesdropper — host a wig party!

My wonderful husband was the only gentleman invited, and he graciously played bartender for the soiree, and took some great pictures of the crew as we got …

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[12 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,885 views]
Timberline Lodge in Oregon

This post has been in draft format for over a year, and I completely forgot to publish it. However, I definitely recommend Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood if you are planning a trip to Oregon. Here are some pictures from our overnight there.

A Northwest Artisan Cheese Plate at the Rams Head Bar.

We couldn’t help but order the famous Timber Toast in the Cascade Dining Room. This decadent dish, which could very easily be shared, is basically deep fried french toast served with hazelnut praline butter and maple syrup. It’s $15.95 …

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Featured, Recipes »

[10 Nov 2013 | 6 Comments | 10,141 views]
Ottolenghi Recipes from Plenty and Jerusalem

I’ve been cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi’s books ever since my cousin Rachel told me about him. Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, were both born in Jerusalem — the former is Jewish and the latter is Palestinian.

What I personally find very interesting about Ottolenghi’s approach to food is that he celebrates vegetables while at the same time also eating and enjoying meat. He was author of “The New Vegetarian” column in the Guardian magazine from 1996 to 2010, and he would sometimes mention when a dish would work well …

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