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Mid-Summer Tasty Touring Linkdown: The Tasty Bits

30 July 2009 1,860 views No Comment

I learned through Natanya’s Fete and Feast blog that (512) Brewing Company is having a party to celebrate their 1st anniversary this Saturday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. If you’re legal to drink, you can tour the brewery, listen to live music, and maybe even leave with a free gift. More info here.

cakesAfter stopping by (512), come out and meet me at One 2 One Bar downtown for the Cupcake Smackdown hosted by Jennie Chen, MisoHungry Makes it With Moonshine blogger and “cupcake fairy” of Central Texas. The event is free and will take place from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a baking contest, cupcake eating contest for both dogs and humans, live music, and who knows what else?! It will surely be fun and crazy and Austin-ey. Check out Jennie’s blog for more details or to volunteer to help out!

You may have read in today’s Statesman that Chedd’s, a “gourmet grilled cheese restaurant,” has opened up at the Triangle. Some food blogger friends told us about the soft opening so Adam and I decided to check it out with our friend Tom. We tried four different sandwiches — two that were simple and two with more ingredients. I also ordered a tomato soup. For me, a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup is one of the best meals ever.

cheddsWas the grilled cheese good? Yes. Was it over $5 for a sandwich good? Not for me. Chedd’s is now a franchise with two locations in Colorado and now one in Austin. It felt to me like a Jimmy John with a sandwich press. If you are looking for “gourmet grilled cheese,” go to Walton’s Fancy and Staple, go to Whole Foods, go to Counter Cafe. If you are hungry for a sandwich, too lazy to go shopping and make one at home, and live near the triangle, check out Chedd’s.

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Did I really forget to write about the Eastside Pub Crawl I co-hosted with Mike of Grab Summer by the Balls? I will be promoting future events via my Facebook Fan page so feel free to join if you want to stay informed.

pub crawl plannersI highly encourage you to do this crawl with a group of friends (or strangers — it works both ways). We spent about 45 minutes at each of these East Austin bars: Longbranch, Shangri-La, Good Knight, Rio Rita, Scoot Inn.

Finally, a couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to enjoy a community lunch at Hands on the Earth Farm hosted by Urban Roots, one of my favorite non-profit organizations. There were three community lunches this summer where local chefs teamed up with the Urban Roots kids to prepare a lunch on the farm. It was a pleasure to listen while the kids talked about their experiences with pride.

community lunchThey learn to lead teams by example, work hard, manage adults, sell produce at the farmer’s market, and even speak to groups as they did during the lunch. If you have a chance to check out Urban Roots and support them through donations, volunteering, buying their produce, or just telling friends about them, you should!

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