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[28 Mar 2010 | 5 Comments | 1,327 views]
The Beautiful Food of Berkeley

I’m in Berkeley this weekend visiting my cousin and her family for Passover. It’s my first time in Berkeley since I was a teenager and I wasn’t sure it would live up to my expectations of awesome local food. On the first morning, it totally did. My cousin Jami, her husband Andrew, and their baby Jonah live in a house that is walking distance from the gorgeous scenes below.
First, a bakery, called La Farine. We stopped there so I could pick up a savory morning bun with ham, cheese, and …

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[25 Mar 2010 | 17 Comments | 2,788 views]
Fresh Heated Food at Farmers Markets to Stay

Today I attended my first Austin City Council Meeting. Why?
To register my support of our local food community and the small business owners, chefs, farmers, and artisans that feed our bodies and souls.
Below, my friend, fellow blogger, book club member, and community relations coordinator for the Sustainable Food Center, Susan Leibrock, demonstrates how to officially register our support. A total of 43 citizens voted to express their support of allowing hot food to be served at the markets — pretty impressive given that each of these folks took time out …

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[22 Mar 2010 | 7 Comments | 2,231 views]
Knitta, Please

You know what is totally gangsta?!¬† A group of women that go around tagging stuff….with knit items instead of spray paint. The group, called “Knitta, Please,” is based in Houston and was started by two members who go by the names AKrylik and PolyCotN.

At Jo’s during SXSW, they were serving coffee with a side of lady gangsta love. Apparently, owner Liz Lambert is friends with some of the Knittas and they decorated Jo’s on S. Congress as a surprise.
Check out this planter garnish:

The lines at Jo’s are always super long…especially …

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[18 Mar 2010 | 103 Comments | 14,202 views]
Austin Overrated: No, you should NOT eat at that Austin institution

Like many locals, I get a bit angry when SXSW rolls around each year. Our city swells to the point of supersaturation, the traffic is horrendous, there are lines at restaurants we can usually get into easily, and those who work downtown (like me) are subjected to the sound of loud music and revelry while we toil away at our desks.

And while I get annoyed at some of the people who come here (see my friends Boots in the Oven’s posts on fashion at SXSW for examples), I still firmly …

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[10 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,865 views]
Take your Veggies to the Chevy

I generally try not to mix business with pleasure on this blog, and most of my business doesn’t happen in Austin. It generally takes place on an hour-long conference call¬† with clients in other time zones, via e-mail chains, and at occasional out-of-town meetings.
The weekend before last, I happily mixed the two parts of my life on a road trip from Capitol Chevrolet down to the Pearl Farmer’s Market in San Antonio with a group of local food bloggers. Below is a slightly edited version of a blog I wrote …

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