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[13 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 4,028 views]
Austin Food and Drink Recommendations

Tonight I was invited to speak at the monthly meeting of the Austin Concierge and Guest Services Association. The event was held at the Hotel Ella with a delicious family-style meal provided by their on-site restaurant – Goodall’s.
I’m a huge fan of concierges – in fact, before I had an iPhone, I had the Four Seasons concierge desk on speed dial for those times when I was away from a computer and needed a recommendation. There was limited time to talk about food and drink in Austin during the meeting, …

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[5 Sep 2013 | 5 Comments | 3,128 views]
Wishing Everyone a Politically Incorrect, but Very Delicious, Jewish New Year

For all of my Jewish readers, and those who are Jew-curious, L’shana Tova! This is a re-post of an email that Seymour, my financial advisor sent over to me (of course my financial advisor is Jewish and named Seymour, right?). And while it’s a bit silly, and a lot inappropriate, I hope it makes you smile.

As a general principle, Jewish holidays are divided between days on which you must starve and days on which you must overeat.
Some Jews observe no fewer than 16 fasts throughout the Jewish year, based on …

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[23 Aug 2013 | 12 Comments | 10,879 views]
Are you Ready for Austin’s Cronut Craze?

I kept hearing about a cronut™ craze going on in New York last spring — with people lining up over two hours before Dominique Ansel’s bakery opened for the chance to try one. Each cronut is $5 with a limit of two per person, and cronut scalpers were waiting in line and then selling their cronuts for up to $100 each. New Yorkers are fuckin’ crazy….
Wait a minute — Austinites are also known to wait in line for their favorite food. I actually drove past Franklin Barbecue at 9 a.m. this morning and …

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[9 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 4,276 views]
Austin Events in July 2013

Lots going on this month in Austin, so I decided it was time for a round-up!
Red Rabbit Bakery, a vegan bakery that happens to make my favorite doughnuts in town, is offering a special until Thursday at 7 pm: order a dozen doughnuts for reproductive justice activists at the Texas Capitol, and Red Rabbit will donate all profits from every sale to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
Red Rabbit Bakery goods — which were previously only available at Austin farmer’s markets and coffee shops — will be available at Red Rabbit …

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[23 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 2,316 views]
Austin Maple Syrup Guide

I’ve updated the Austin Maple Syrup Guide – removing restaurants that have closed since I last updated it in 2011 — and adding new restaurants to the list. Note: none of the restaurants that are no longer open offered maple syrup.
In early 2011, of the 53 restaurants I surveyed, 25 offered maple syrup (47%); the current list includes 63 restaurants, with 34 offering maple (54%). We’re headed in the right direction, friends!
The restaurants I added today that DO NOT carry maple syrup are Bacon, Banger’s, The Bonneville, Bouldin Creek Cafe, East 12th …

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