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[29 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 2,853 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week

Saturday kicks off Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week (formerly Eat Local Week), and there are tons of activities to enjoy for some very good causes. Proceeds from the week’s event will be sent to support Urban Roots, the Sustainable Food Center, and of course local small business owners.

Activities kick off with the Urban Farm Bicycle Tour this Saturday ($30 for adults – children under 16 are free).

Other events include:

Springdale Farm’s Pig Roast and Harvest Dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday ($30)
A Coffee and Chocolate Festival at 11 a.m. Sunday at …

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Travels »

[29 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments | 3,201 views]
Celebrating Christmas at the Driskill Hotel

I love hanging out at the Driskill hotel any time of year — the cowhide covered couches, taxidermy on the walls, delicious meals, and fun bar atmosphere make this a fun place to bring out-of-towners and go on a date.
But to me, the best time to visit the Driskill is during the Christmas season. And this Thursday night, the Driskill is kicking off their “12 Days of Driskill” holiday, as well as their 125th year celebration with what sounds like a fantastic event.
This Thursday, Dec. 1, the Driskill will be …

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Tasty Bits »

[25 Nov 2011 | 27 Comments | 3,181 views]
Holiday Gifts You Can Buy Online

It’s Black Friday at almost 3 p.m., and we haven’t left the house because we’re afraid of all the shoppers out for Black Friday! With my fear of dealing with traffic and lines and general frustration, it seemed like perfect timing to share some holiday gift ideas for those who like me, want to buy as many gifts as possible online.
One of my favorite gift ideas are cookbooks and coffee table books. I love something that is both useful and beautiful at the same time. When the PR firm for …

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Restaurants »

[23 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | 2,933 views]
La Chaparrita in Highland Mall

La Chaparrita has long been on my list of spots to try. We heard it was worth checking out even though it’s located in the food court at Highland Mall. Food courts aren’t exactly know for putting love into their food, you know?!
Generally, I only eat at food courts when I’m desperately hungry, and while Highland Mall is just across I-35 from our house, I’ve only been inside once in the eight years I’ve lived in Austin — to buy a suitcase from the (now closed) J.C. Penney.

I’m so glad …

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[22 Nov 2011 | 12 Comments | 6,432 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Food Trucks in Austin

The Austin food scene is constantly changing. It was announced last week that a local favorite, Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, is closing. Chef Bryce Gilmore is smart to focus on Barley Swine, his brick and mortar restaurant that has gotten rave reviews nationally.
And while some other old favorites have closed, or just gone downhill, there are new trailers constantly coming onto the scene to replace them. Last week, I got to try one of them — The Seedling Truck by the people who run Royal Fig Catering.

If the goat cheese polenta …

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