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[24 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,738 views]
M.E. Swing Coffee

Rachel took me to Swing’s coffee near the Corcoran today. They have been roasting fresh coffee in D.C. since 1916. Rachel ordered a latte and a molasses ginger cookie. I had a bite of that cookie and it was tasty.
While we were waiting we started chatting with the baristas – Shane and Abdi were especially friendly! When they found out I have a food blog, they offered me a complimentary latte so they could show off their artistic foam decorations. While I “usually never have a second cup of coffee,” …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 2,114 views]
Cowgirl Creamery

I almost walked past the Cowgirl Creamery today. That would have been a huge mistake. The owners, Peggy and Sue, grew up in the D.C. area and have been making organic cows milk cheese in California since 1997 and their one other retail store (besides two creameries) is in San Francisco.

I admired the wonderful products featured throughout the store — artisan meats, jams, crackers, cheese boards, wines, breads — this would be the perfect place to pick up treats for a romantic picnic or to grab a last-minute hostess gift. …

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[22 Nov 2008 | One Comment | 1,282 views]
House Park Bar-B-Q Offers a Taste of Old Austin

You know House Park Bar-B-Q? It’s the shack next to Shoal Creek located on 12th near Lamar. You might recognize the famous sign, “Need No Teef to Eat My Beef” and wondered like I did about the history of the place and if the meat is really that tender.

I stopped by for an early lunch yesterday after a meeting in the area and was one of the first patrons of the day. House Park is open for lunch only on weekdays (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). I love a place …

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[21 Nov 2008 | 5 Comments | 2,455 views]
Mandola’s is to Italian as…

Like most people, I enjoy reading reviews on sites like Yelp after visiting a restaurant from people who had similar experiences and opinions. In the case of Yelp’s 93 reviewers of Mandola’s at the Triangle, that was a small minority. I’ve been to Mandola’s 3 times and tried pizza, pasta, a sandwich, and gelato. I’ve included excerpts of some of the comments I read that I think are spot on:

Another one of those fake italian restaurants- maybe its a theme park ride version of an italian market. Although it’s a …

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[18 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,403 views]
Skip Mulberry. Go to Malaga Instead.

When I moved to Austin a little over five years ago from NYC I had a feeling shared by many who have adopted this city as home. I fell in love with the unique charms, people, and magic of this place and didn’t want anyone else to move here and change it! That is how I feel about Mulberry — a shoebox sized, beautifully designed wine bar with a mouth-watering menu to match an extensive list of wines by the glass or bottle.

So if you don’t mind, go to Malaga …

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