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[13 Nov 2008 | 10 Comments | 903 views]
Péché Brings Absinthe to Austin

Péché (pron. Pesh-ay) is a new bar/restaurant that opened about a month ago on 4th Street in the location that used to be Málaga. The last time I went to Málaga I vowed never to return due to the Cake Fiasco of ’08. I believe the restaurant still exists but in a new location. I hope to never set foot there.

Laura, Betsy and I visited Péché for the first time last night, after a happy hour hosted by the Austin chapter of the Anti-Defamation league. When Laura ordered the Bacon …

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[11 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,160 views]
Drink Y’all!

On Sunday I spent the day in the Texas Hill Country. We started the day at McReynolds Wines where we tasted Mac and Maureen’s delicious and unique wine selection. We then convinced them to hop in the car with us and have lunch at Opie’s BBQ in Spicewood. I had passed Opie’s many times on drives out to Fredericksburg but never stopped to check it out. Opie’s was made famous by the documentary, Barbecue: A Texas Love Story, where Kinky Friedman says that “Jesus Loved Barbecue.” Our waitress was wearing …

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[9 Nov 2008 | 5 Comments | 1,089 views]
Cookie Lounge

The marketing professional in me loves a great concept, and the new Cookie Lounge on 22 1/2 Street between Rio Grande and Pearl is definitely that. It’s the baby of Mark Chapman, the former pastry chef at Austin’s Driskill Hotel. He created one of my top 5 favorite cakes — a Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cake with Guayaquil Chocolate, Devil’s Food Cake, and Dark Caramel.

I checked out the new spot last night with some good friends to see what a freshly baked cookie with fun mix-ins chosen on the spot …

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[8 Nov 2008 | 7 Comments | 1,592 views]
South Congress Cafe

I highly recommend South Congress Cafe for lunch, dinner, brunch, and drinks. They have the BEST bloody mary in Austin (if not the world), scrumptious baby corn muffins to whet the appetite, and a great varied menu. The atmosphere and clientelle are fun, the place settings are asymmetrical and awesome-looking, and the glassware makes everything you drink taste special.

I can’t recommend their happy hour enough — it’s 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. every day of the week and features $3.50 margaritas, mojitos, and beer. Their house margaritas are made with …

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[8 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 972 views]
Box Lunches for a Good Cause

If you work in downtown Austin, please forward this blog to the person who makes food purchasing decisions for your company. Next time you need to order in lunch for an important meeting or presentation, I hope you will consider Do Good Deli. Why?

100% of their proceeds go to help fight hunger, poverty, and homelessness through Caritas of Austin.
Whenever possible, they get their products from local suppliers like Central Market, Sweet Leaf Tea, SASS, Richards Rainwater, and Dirty Potato Chips.
My company ordered in the other day and munched on sandwiches, …

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