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[26 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 2,296 views]
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

One week from today Austin’s Project Transitions, a non-profit dedicated to helping those living with HIV and AIDS, will host its annual “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” fundraiser. If you are available next Saturday, Feb. 2, I highly recommend that you make a reservation.
Last year, I was invited to cover the event on my blog, and I decided that it would make more sense to wait and post about my experience until tickets went on sale for this year’s event. Of course, life got busy and now I’m just telling …

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[14 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 2,575 views]
San Antonio Cocktail Conference

This coming weekend, Jan. 17-20, is the second annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference.
I went for the day last year and attended just a couple classes, and from what I experienced, it was a fantastic event for anyone who is interested in drinking cocktails and/or making them at home. If Adam and I weren’t going to Los Angeles for a wedding, we would definitely be attending the conference, and this year, I wouldn’t make the mistake of driving there and back in one day by myself. This is a conference that …

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[2 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | 2,761 views]
Alain Ducasse’s La Bastide de Moustiers

Our final show-stopping meal in Provence was at Bastide de Moustiers in Moustiers, an Alain Ducasse restaurant and inn in Moustiers Sainte Marie. It was about an hour and a half drive from our hotel in Aix, but the drive was beautiful, and the meal was perfect in every way.
Before we left for our trip, Adam had met with our friend Danika Boyle, owner of Petite Peche & Co., an Austin company that specializes in intimate travel experiences and behind the scenes access to Provence, Paris and Florence for …

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[2 Jan 2013 | 6 Comments | 4,153 views]
Le Castelas: Provence Lunch of a Lifetime

I hope you will forgive me for posting about a meal I had a year and a half ago. It’s one of the dining experiences that you should have before you die if at all possible (especially if you are ever in the Luberon, in France).
On our trip to Provence, two of the best meals we had took place at the end of the trip, and each location was remote, so our day was basically spent driving to lunch and then to wherever we were going to sleep that night. …

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[29 Dec 2012 | 6 Comments | 3,586 views]
Chez Serge in Carpentras, France

We ended up at Chez Serge in Carpentras on the recommendation of Yoko, our wine tasting guide at M. Chapoutier in Tain-l’Hermitage, France. She told us that Chez Serge was known for their truffles and wine, and since we were on a driving tour of Provence, we didn’t mind the fact that Carpentras was an hour and a half away.

As you quickly learn when you travel, you have to take chances and take recommendations from the right people, and just hope it works out in the end. Sometimes this results …

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[28 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | 2,540 views]
Memorable Places to Stay in Provence

This post is more than a year overdue, but I wanted to quickly share info on two places we stayed in Provence that we thought were quite lovely. There are of course tons of other places to stay in this region, and while these spots worked for us and our itinerary, they may not work for everyone, and they certainly aren’t destination stays on their own. However, we really enjoyed them and found them to be a good value for our money.
The first place, is Apres la Sieste, located north …

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[11 Dec 2012 | One Comment | 3,952 views]
First Impressions: Sway Thai

It seemed like Sway, the new Thai restaurant on S. 1st from the La Condesa team, was never going to open.

And when it finally did, a little over a week ago, everyone in the food community was buzzing. I was invited to a pre-opening tasting at Sway, and I’ve recorded my first impressions below.
Dishes:
Po-Pea Jay: Thai rice paper spring roll with avocado, carrot, and vermicelli, served with tomato vinegar was a fresh way to kick off the meal.

Chicken Wings covered in a sticky-sweet caramel tamarind chili sauce sprinkled with fish …

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