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[14 Aug 2011 | 8 Comments | 3,759 views]
Monument Cafe and Market in Georgetown

Georgetown, Texas seems so far away in my mind — and it’s only a 1/2 hour drive from our house. And because a total of an hour in the car seems like such a schlep now that I don’t live in the gridlocked east coast, it took me more than a year to visit the Monument Cafe since I’d added it to my list of restaurants to check out.
This spring, the PR firm that represents Monument Cafe invited me to come meet the owner and take a tour, so Adam …

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[17 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 4,481 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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[16 Jul 2011 | 12 Comments | 3,956 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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[21 Jun 2011 | 19 Comments | 4,539 views]
Cuban Sandwich Cafe – A NE Austin Neighborhood Gem

If you haven’t yet been to Cuban Sandwich Cafe, add it to your “to try” for breakfast and lunch list. This mom and pop shop is unassuming, located in a strip mall in the Windsor Park area of Austin next to a storefront church, and makes truly memorable breakfast pastries and sandwiches.

Below is a selection of the breakfast pastries that a group of us shared. I can’t remember what the total price was for these, but I do remember being surprised by how inexpensive they were. We sipped our Cuban …

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[13 Jun 2011 | 7 Comments | 4,898 views]
Arancini Italian Comfort Food Trailer

Last weekend, Adam and I decided to visit Arancini, an Italian comfort food trailer on S. 1st and Live Oak. Arancini shares space with Fried Green Tomato, another trailer serving the eponymous menu item, sandwiches, and a refreshing gazpacho and crab ceviche that they brought over for us to taste.

While we waited for our food, Adam poured wine into our glasses (all BYO), and caught up on his Twitter reading. I caught a shot of him “in the wild” on Arancini’s patio.

Arancini are fried rice balls filled with cheese, peas, …

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