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[5 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 1,698 views]
Thai on the Fly

The other night I was trying to decide what to whip up for dinner. We had tons of greens on hand — including bok choy — and I decided to make some Thai food.
The other ingredients I rounded up included Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste, chicken stock, vegetable oil, fish stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, diced ginger and garlic, tofu, red pepper, mushrooms, onions, peanut butter, and crushed nuts.

I quickly boiled rice noodles for a little more than five minutes and served it with the stir fry.

I’m generally a bit …

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Restaurants »

[4 Feb 2010 | 8 Comments | 1,710 views]
Hand-Sliced Noodles at Chen’s

When I asked Statesman restaurant critic Mike Sutter what new spot I should check out, he recommended Chen‘s Noodle House. I trust Mike’s taste and had heard the buzz about Chen‘s and at the last minute, rounded up my boyfriend and friends Marc and Megan to join us for a quick bite.

Marc and Megan have both lived in Asia – Megan as a child and Marc very recently in Taiwan and Beijing. It was hilarious to watch this white guy with blonde hair ordering food in rapid Mandarin.
The menu here …

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[3 Feb 2010 | 14 Comments | 1,487 views]
Tarka brings the heat to the South Austin Restaurant Scene

Tarka Indian Kitchen felt like a fast casual chain which surprised me when I checked it out because there is only one location. It’s owned by the Clay Pit people and is a fast-casual version of that restaurant with cozy chairs and an appealing atmosphere but without the special dining experience feel.
After enjoying a fantastic tasting meal in a comfortable and relaxed environment, I found myself not minding the idea at all of finding a Tarka in mini-malls across the land.
My friend Addie and I wanted to try everything on …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 18 Comments | 1,550 views]
Dim Sum in the Heart of Texas

I’m not a Dim Sum expert. However, I used to live in New York and had the chance to go to some of the best spots and always enjoyed my experience. I’m a pretty omnivorous eater and have enjoyed almost everything I’ve tried. The exception would be chicken feet. I have a hard time choking those down.
Anyway, a group of 14 of us made a reservation at Fortune in Austin’s Chinatown Center for Christmas Day. While the waiters were all very nice, it was next to impossible to get enough …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 9 Comments | 1,795 views]
Serve ‘Yo Self

You know when you visit a business and you can immediately feel the love that went into creating it? Berry Austin is that kind of place.
From the outside, it looks like any other yogurt business that has been popping up in every Austin shopping center. I figured it was a corporate chain.

I ended up at Berry Austin on impulse. Driving back from hiking at Turkey Creek with my dog Lucy and friends Katie and Stacy, we were about to drive past it when I suddenly called out, “turn right!”
As we …

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[1 Feb 2010 | 11 Comments | 3,001 views]
Carillon at the AT&T Center

If you’re looking for a new fine dining restaurant to try, I recommend checking out the Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education Center at the University of Texas.
I first wrote about the AT&T Center back in Sept. 2008 when it opened to the public. AT&T is a client and I invited media to tour the facility and taste some menu items.
I’ve returned twice since then — once in December 2009 for a three course tasting menu and again last week for a media preview of the new menu.

Highlights include the …

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Memories, Profiles »

[31 Jan 2010 | 36 Comments | 2,446 views]
Eulogy for Cassie: My First Dog

CASSIE BART
Dec. 1, 1994 – Jan. 28, 2010
We lost a special dog this week
the kind you can’t replace
and looking at her favorite spots
We still can see her face.

After a bath she had boundless energy
as she ran from room to room,
Launching over couches
Around the house she’d zoom.
I remember how she’d tug on my sheets
to play her favorite game,
Bouncing forward like a bunny rabbit
When she heard us call her name.
She did her guard dog duty
Each time the doorbell rang,
rolling over on her back
for a belly rub whomever came.
Our Cassie knew what she …

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