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[3 Feb 2010 | 14 Comments | 1,514 views]
Tarka brings the heat to the South Austin Restaurant Scene

Tarka Indian Kitchen felt like a fast casual chain which surprised me when I checked it out because there is only one location. It’s owned by the Clay Pit people and is a fast-casual version of that restaurant with cozy chairs and an appealing atmosphere but without the special dining experience feel.
After enjoying a fantastic tasting meal in a comfortable and relaxed environment, I found myself not minding the idea at all of finding a Tarka in mini-malls across the land.
My friend Addie and I wanted to try everything on …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 18 Comments | 1,588 views]
Dim Sum in the Heart of Texas

I’m not a Dim Sum expert. However, I used to live in New York and had the chance to go to some of the best spots and always enjoyed my experience. I’m a pretty omnivorous eater and have enjoyed almost everything I’ve tried. The exception would be chicken feet. I have a hard time choking those down.
Anyway, a group of 14 of us made a reservation at Fortune in Austin’s Chinatown Center for Christmas Day. While the waiters were all very nice, it was next to impossible to get enough …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 9 Comments | 1,820 views]
Serve ‘Yo Self

You know when you visit a business and you can immediately feel the love that went into creating it? Berry Austin is that kind of place.
From the outside, it looks like any other yogurt business that has been popping up in every Austin shopping center. I figured it was a corporate chain.

I ended up at Berry Austin on impulse. Driving back from hiking at Turkey Creek with my dog Lucy and friends Katie and Stacy, we were about to drive past it when I suddenly called out, “turn right!”
As we …

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[1 Feb 2010 | 11 Comments | 3,028 views]
Carillon at the AT&T Center

If you’re looking for a new fine dining restaurant to try, I recommend checking out the Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education Center at the University of Texas.
I first wrote about the AT&T Center back in Sept. 2008 when it opened to the public. AT&T is a client and I invited media to tour the facility and taste some menu items.
I’ve returned twice since then — once in December 2009 for a three course tasting menu and again last week for a media preview of the new menu.

Highlights include the …

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