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[9 Feb 2011 | 13 Comments | 3,362 views]
Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia from Maryland

As readers of the blog know, I grew up in Maryland, and go back often for visits. On a trip home last November for Thanksgiving, my friend Rebecca and I decided to take a day trip together to Leesburg, Virginia.
The drive from Chevy Chase, MD to Leesburg was about an hour. And by the time we arrived, it was time for lunch. We had reservations at Tuscarora Mill, a restaurant someone had recommended to Rebecca. On the way in, we passed Wine Kitchen, a restaurant my dad mentioned to me …

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Restaurants, Tasty Bits, Tasty Tuesdays »

[4 Jan 2011 | 29 Comments | 7,837 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: New Food Has Come to Light

Damn, Austin! Just as I get on a roll with my healthy eating and exercise, you go and open up new mouthwatering restaurants! I hate you almost as much as I love you! I will prevail though — I will show you, and show myself, that I can enjoy deliciously rich dishes once in a while, stay on track the rest of the time, and still lose weight [shakes fist]!
So here’s my plan: eat as healthy as possible 90% of the time and the other 10%, check out these new …

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[29 Dec 2010 | 30 Comments | 11,923 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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[28 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,631 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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[26 Dec 2010 | 16 Comments | 3,821 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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