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[28 Jul 2011 | 8 Comments | 1,365 views]
Support Austin Food Blogger Team in Slow Food Austin Quiz Bowl

I’m excited to share that I will be participating in the Slow Food Austin Quiz Bowl as part of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance team!
I’m so excited to be joining Megan of Stetted, Melanie of My Rubberbandball and the Austin Chronicle, and Kathryn of Austin Gastronomist as the only all-food blogger (and potentially the only all-female) team!
And we have a study strategy. Maybe not as extreme as what Rodney Dangerfield did in the film Back to School, but we’re serious about learning as much food trivia as we can over the …

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Memories, Travels »

[19 Jul 2011 | 27 Comments | 1,735 views]
Things I Like About Las Vegas

Hating Vegas was easy. But after staying there for six days, I actually found some things to like about the place. This includes:
1. My hotel room: I definitely wouldn’t have made it through the week without a nervous breakdown if it wasn’t for my hotel room. Cheers to blackout curtains, a king bed all to myself, maid service, a lovely bathtub and shower, and Internet access.
2. Friendly locals: I was pleasantly surprised at how kind the bartenders, dealers, taxi drivers, and other Vegas staff were. I don’t know how they …

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Memories, Travels »

[18 Jul 2011 | 18 Comments | 4,153 views]
Things I Hate About Las Vegas

While I did spend a night in Las Vegas at Circus Circus when I was fifteen years old and on a teen tour, I didn’t remember anything about it except that the University of Las Vegas had really nice dorm rooms.
So my business trip to Vegas for the Cisco Live! conference where my company sponsored a trade show booth was essentially my first time. I ran into my friend Jon who was going to hang out with a friend for the weekend and he gave me the lowdown on Vegas …

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Restaurants, Travels »

[17 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,287 views]
Lotus of Siam: Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand

The turning point of my Las Vegas adventure (the day before Bouchon), was dinner with a group of twelve of my colleagues at Lotus of Siam, a restaurant OFF the Vegas strip. Thanks to Mike of Austin Food Carts for telling me about this place, where the chef tied Tyson Cole for Best Chef in the SW at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards.
The cab ride from our hotel was around $25 and the restaurant was located in a really ugly-looking strip mall. It wasn’t the kind of place that …

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Restaurants, Travels »

[16 Jul 2011 | 12 Comments | 1,920 views]
Foie Gras for Breakfast in Bed

Here’s the scene from yesterday morning, when I ate the last of the Terrine de Foie Gras de Canard (duck liver) and the two epi baguette‘s my waiter packed up for me the night before. Can you think of anything more fabulous than sitting in a Las Vegas hotel room eating fois gras with a fresh baguette from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro while watching re-runs of Sex and the City?
I stopped by Bouchon Bakery when I visited Napa Valley with my mom and Jane last year, and we picked up some …

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