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[29 Dec 2010 | 30 Comments | 6,318 views]
First Impressions: Second Bar + Kitchen

Last week, I was lucky enough to join Adam and his colleagues for a test meal at the much anticipated Second Bar + Kitchen. Adam is working on the Congress Austin website.
In our two years of dating, this was the first time that having a food blog actually worked against me — I almost didn’t get in! I promised not to tweet about the experience until the opening.
On Sunday, the day after Christmas, Second Bar + Kitchen officially opened for dinner. Since then, the buzz about the place has been …

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[29 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 1,158 views]
Buildings and Food @ Arthouse

Back in November, I posted about “Austin Arty Food Events” and included the reopening of Arthouse and Jason Middlebrook’s “More Art About Buildings and Food” exhibition in the list.
If you haven’t had a chance to stop by Arthouse, the exhibition space at 7th and Congress, you can still check out the art about buildings and food until Jan. 16.
For me, the coolest part of this exhibit is that I’m part of it! One of my family recipes is painted directly onto this wall. Also, once it’s over, they will just …

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[28 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,730 views]
Juicebox & Soup Peddler Open Just in Time

One of the first people I met when I moved to Austin back in 2003 was the Soup Peddler. At that time, he was the roommate of my best friend and had started the business out of the kitchen of their South Austin home. I even worked for him for a total of three weeks at one point!
Fast forward seven years and Dave Ansel has become an iconic and much-revered figure in the Austin community and beyond. I’ve been filled with awe as I’ve watched him build his business, his family (wife …

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[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 1,247 views]
Gifts for the Austin Music Lover

I know, I know. Chanukah and Christmas have come and gone and you don’t want to even think about buying another gift. However, this Christmas season I was reintroduced to Wild About Music, the store on 6th Street just east of Congress that is just outside my building, and I think they have some great gift options for all price points.
For my office white elephant gift exchange, I was lucky enough to steal an ice cube tray that makes three ice guitars with their very own stirrers. Adam and I …

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[26 Dec 2010 | 16 Comments | 2,858 views]
Austin on Cooking Channel’s Heat Seekers

Tomorrow, Austin will be featured on a new Cooking Channel show called Heat Seekers. I know about the show because a few months ago, one of the producers emailed me to ask about Austin restaurants known for spicy food. I laughed to myself when I received the email because there are so many Mexican and Tex-Mex spots in Austin with wonderful spicy dishes.
I actually queried folks Twitter and came back to the producer with some great suggestions: Diablo Prawns from Zandunga, Sarovar, green curry at Pad Thai, cerveza fajitas at …

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