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[7 Sep 2010 | 64 Comments | 10,221 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Austin Brunch

Where do you like to get your brunch on? There are so many options, yet I found myself at a loss this weekend. For one, Sunday brunch happened on Monday since it was Labor Day. Also, my 80 lb. black lab/great dane was with me so I needed a spot with a dog-friendly patio.

I went with Galaxy Cafe and it served the needs of my friends, my dog, and I nicely. The food was good but they really won my heart when they brought out a doggie bowl filled with …

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[5 Sep 2010 | One Comment | 2,880 views]
Antonelli’s: Austin’ Best Artisanal Cheese Shop

I’m thankful for John and Kendall Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in Hyde Park. Now that Austin has it’s very own artisanal cheese shop, it feels like we can rightly take our place among the cosmopolitan capitals of the U.S.
NYC has Murray’s, Berkeley has the Cheese Board Collective, Ann Arbor has  Zingerman’s Creamery, and Austin has Antonelli’s.

John and Kendall are all about educating themselves and their customers. They regularly teach cheese pairing classes — like the one they did for a Tasty Touring group back in December at Independence Brewery — and …

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[2 Sep 2010 | 27 Comments | 3,051 views]
Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2010!

I am so thankful to you for reading Tasty Touring, sharing your favorite spots in Austin, and  joining me for Tasty Tours (I promise to plan another soon). To my friends (new and old) who took the time to vote for Tasty Touring in the Austin Chronicle‘s Best of Austin 2010 reader’s poll, I’m honored and touched. It happened, you guys!
Best Local Food Blog: Tasty Touring

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

We love to dial up this popular food blog on Tasty Tuesdays, a weekly feature showcasing local favorites which lately has …

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[28 Aug 2010 | 8 Comments | 3,542 views]
Today: Feijoada at Rios Brazilian

Businesses like Rios Brazilian are one of the reasons I love writing this blog. Owners Ben Googins and Elias Martins started Rios at the downtown farmer’s market in 2006, after meeting in Brasil, where  Elias grew up and where Ben lived for a handful of years.
I first met Ben when he attended a panel I moderated for Austin food-related small business owners in fall 2009 at Whole Foods Corporate Headquarters. I was immediately taken by his open spirit and passion for making his business succeed. Rio’s products — cheese breads …

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[24 Aug 2010 | 79 Comments | 12,828 views]
Tasty Tuesdays: Best Affordable Sushi in Austin

After a particularly upsetting sushi lunch experience yesterday, I woke up this morning wanting to know what you guys think is the best affordable sushi in Austin. I wrote about this topic last year but wanted to revisit since more spots have opened and hopefully more people feel comfortable leaving comments.
To answer my own question, my favorites include Sushi A-Go-Go (two trailer locations now — Medical Arts and Barton Springs Road), Whole Foods, and Central Market. Adam mentioned that Mikado on Research Blvd. used to be really good but we …

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[23 Aug 2010 | 6 Comments | 2,269 views]
Bloody Valentine Plum Tarts

For my Food Lover’s Book Club discussion of Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, I decided to make “Bloody Valentine Plum Tarts.” I found a recipe for “Warm Plum Bleeding Heart Pies,” online and decided to add dripping blood shapes and red sprinkles to the crust to create a more realistic bloody valentine look.
These tarts would be perfect for a Halloween dessert or dinner with an ex-husband or wife.
Bloody Valentine Plum Tarts
Based on Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce …

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[20 Aug 2010 | 19 Comments | 18,367 views]
Austin: Home of Coffee Delivered by Scooter

When my friend Jen mentioned “the coffee guy” in Hyde Park who delivers coffee that he has roasted in his garage by scooter, I knew I had to try it. I love how this guy does his marketing. He showed up in Jen’s backyard offering freshly brewed coffee one day and she’s been ordering ever since.
The Coffee Guy is Robby Jones and his company is Pilot House Coffee. He delivers coffee for free with beans roasted that day to the following Austin zip codes in Central, South, North and East …

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