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Tasty Bits »

[16 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 886 views]
Austin Filled with Wine, Food, and Art

I don’t recommend leaving the city of Austin in March or April. In my opinion, these are the best months to be here — both for the wonderful weather and the fabulous and fun events. I’m heading off to D.C. and NYC for ten days and am very sad to miss two events that are sure to feed the soul.
The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival will keep your wine glass and your belly full this Sunday in Driftwood. Tickets are $45 ($30 for designated drivers) and I’ve heard …

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Restaurants »

[13 Apr 2009 | 6 Comments | 1,345 views]

Are you ever stumped as to where to go to brunch on a weekend? There are so many choices in Austin but many of the standbys – Magnolia, Moonshine, South Congress Café, 1886 at the Driskill, etc. have long waits on the weekends. Next time you’re with a group of people and want to enjoy a relaxing meal in place of breakfast and lunch, give Blue Dahlia a try.
Adam and I met some friends at Blue Dahlia on a Sunday at 11. It was a cold and rainy day so …

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Tours »

[12 Apr 2009 | 8 Comments | 1,372 views]
Texas Wines, Cheese, and Strawberries, oh my!

Texas wine is starting to grow on me. The 30 people in our group really enjoyed the selection of eight varieties at the Tasty Touring event at Flat Creek Estates in Marble Falls.
For $15, we tried whites (pinot grigio, buckin’ horse white), reds (super texan, buckin’ horse red) dessert wines (muscato d’arancia, muscato blanco, port), sparkling wines (almond, raspberry). The wines were paired with Texas cheeses from Houston Dairy Maids. They were all delicious — we tried goat cheese, cheddar, and Havarti. These were served with dried fruit, french bread, …

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Memories »

[8 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | 1,514 views]
Ma Nishtana: Why is Passover Different?

Of all Jewish holidays, Passover is the one most commonly observed by otherwise non-observant Jews. The seder, or dinner service during Passover is composed of a four course meal, lots of wine, comfortable chairs, and did I mention all those cups of wine?
Those that observe Passover remove chametz (meaning: leavened foods) from the home. This commemorates the fact that the Jews freed in Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise. It also reminds us that we were all once slaves, and we …

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Memories, Recipes »

[6 Apr 2009 | 22 Comments | 2,223 views]
Matzo Crack

Passover is famous for bad desserts. The fact that flour and corn syrup aren’t allowed means the pickings can be slim. One of my go-to Pesach treats is this recipe from the book The Mensch Chef. It’s often called Matzo crack both because it’s so addictive, and also because you crack the matzo apart to enjoy.
Chocolate-Caramel Matzo Crunch
Makes enough for a family of four to snack on for almost eight days.
5 square matzos (the best place in Austin to pick up kosher for Passover foods is the …

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