Tasty Bits »

[1 Jan 2012 | 3 Comments | 3,226 views]
AFBA and the Austin to Boston Food Swap

Throughout December, many of my blogger friends were posting daily on Facebook and their blogs about one thing per day that they were grateful for. There are many things and people in my life that I am thankful to have in my life, but as we enter this new year, I’m feeling especially happy to have a strong network of blogger friends — both near and far.
As you may know, I’m a founding board member and communications chair for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA), a local ethical, social, educational, …

Read the full post »

Restaurants, Tasty Bits »

[1 Jan 2012 | 34 Comments | 4,719 views]
Snap Kitchen: My Results

I’ve now been off the Snap Kitchen 21-day Snap Commit program for a little over a week, and I miss those prepared meals! I’ve definitely noticed the difference in how I felt when I was on the program — energized! optimistic! — with the way I feel now (sluggish) and I miss having my own personal chef to make sure I’m putting the right things in my system.
Overall, I lost two pounds, my energy level was high, I slept well, and my skin was even clearer during the program. I …

Read the full post »

Memories, Profiles »

[20 Dec 2011 | 19 Comments | 2,954 views]
Plan a Gorgeous Hill Country Wedding for Less than $1,000

If you ever decide to get engaged, and want to plan a beautiful, small, inexpensive wedding, head straight to the Chapel Dulcinea bookings page and get on their calendar. The romantic chapel has seating for 12, and the little reception area holds up to 30. I went there recently for the Monday night (I TOLD you it books up fast) wedding of my dear friend Brooke and her husband of a little over one month, Dave. Check out these pics and tell me you wouldn’t love to get married there:

The …

Read the full post »

Tasty Bits »

[20 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 2,932 views]
Snap Kitchen: How It Works

Some of you have been asking about my progress on the Snap Kitchen program. I am weighing myself once a week, and I lost about two pounds in the first two weeks. Also, my energy level is higher than it’s been in months!
Others are curious about how the program works. Basically, its a 21-Day program where you buy all of your meals — five small meals a day — from Snap Kitchen. For most women, the price breaks down to about $40 a day according to my rough calculations. To …

Read the full post »

Tasty Bits »

[13 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | 3,267 views]
Snap Kitchen: Some Favorite Dishes

I’m now mid-way through my 21-day Snap Kitchen Commit Program. As I wrote in the first post, Snap paid for 2/3 of the program in exchange for me writing four posts about the experience.
I approached Snap Kitchen about working with them because I already knew that their food was delicious, and much more varied and flavorful than their competitors. I was thrilled when they agreed to work with me!
While it has been a challenge to pass up all of the sweets at the office and at parties this time of …

Read the full post »

Tasty Tuesdays »

[6 Dec 2011 | 18 Comments | 3,210 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Cocktails in Austin

I’ve been thinking a lot about cocktails lately, and December just feels like such a cocktail-friendly time of year with all of the celebrations going on around town. Also, with the cocktail scene growing and so many interesting cocktails being created, I figured it was time for a Tasty Tuesdays on the best cocktails in Austin.
For this edition of Tasty Tuesdays, feel free to share your favorite bars, bartenders, and individual cocktails. Some of mine, in no particular order, include:
Bars

The Tigress
Contigo
East Side Show Room
Sagra
La Condesa
Bar Congress
Fino
Peche

Cocktail Historian

David Alan, aka The …

Read the full post »

Tasty Bits »

[3 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,207 views]
Sunday, Dec. 4: Thai Food for Flood Relief

A tight-knit Central Texas community has organized an important fundraiser, and local fans of Thai food won’t believe what they have put together. Over two dozen area restaurants will be offering their favorite dishes on a rotating schedule at an all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with live music and a cash bar, in downtown Austin at Thai Passion (620 Congress Avenue # 105 ¬†Austin, TX 78701).
Well known local favorites Madame Mam’s, Satay, Titaya’s, Chon Som, Little Thai, Sub Sin, hosts Thai Passion, and more are all teaming up to raise money for …

Read the full post »