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[9 Mar 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,391 views]
SXSW Food Blogger Parties and Pie Offs!

Addie Broyles JUST posted on her blog the news that the much anticipated (at least by me) Austin360 Food and Wine Blogger Bash has been announced. Here is what she had to say:
A week from today, local and national food and wine bloggers will get a chance to eat, drink, mingle and celebrate the vibrant food scene in Central Texas at the first ever Austin360 Food and Wine Blogger Bash, sponsored by Whole Foods Market and the Go Texan program of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Here’s the flier from the …

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[7 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,154 views]
Black-Market Ziplock-Baggie No-Phone-Number Thai Food Club

People criticize social media all the time but I say, if you use it (and don’t let it use you), it’s one of the greatest informational tools ever created. For example, I recently learned that there is a home-cooked Thai delivery service called My Thai Mom from J.P., a friend of a friend on Facebook (who is now my Facebook friend).
You might wonder why My Thai Mom isn’t hyperlinked. I mean, even Russ & Daughters in NYC has a web site and they are about as family-owned as a business …

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[4 Mar 2009 | 8 Comments | 2,242 views]
Cheap Tasty Tours – SXSW 2009 Edition

Smart marketing by the folks at Yelp — they asked their advertisers to provide one or more menu items for half price in exchange for some advertising to hungry SXSW-goers. It’s a great idea that promotes Yelp, promotes the businesses, and feeds the masses without breaking the bank. Click the ad below for more details on the deals:

I’ve put together some mini tasty-tours based on location for the out-of-towners or Austinites with a bad sense of direction:
The South Lamar Sushi and Wine Tour

$5 glass of wine at House Wine + …

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[3 Mar 2009 | 7 Comments | 1,618 views]
Tasty Hill Country Wine Tour

I hope you can join us on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. for a Texas wine and cheese tasting and tour at Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls. Madelyn, the wine diva, is working on a delicious event for us that will include local wine and Texas cheese to tempt your palette.
Flat Creek is offering:
Bronze Tasting – $15
Wine and local cheese tasting, tour (includes samples of 3 cheeses, 7 wines)

Silver Tasting – $25
Bronze tasting plus a bag lunch to include a sandwich, …

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[2 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 902 views]
Austin: So Much Cool Stuff, So Little Time

We are embarking on a time in Austin where the weather is near perfect, the air is buzzing with excitement, and my calendar gets too full for my own good. There are just so many cool things going on in this city in the springtime and I would be remiss if I didn’t share them with you.

Farm to Table Dinners at Cipollina
1st Wednesday of every month (that would be this Wednesday, folks).
Three course seasonal menu of farm-fresh fare, created by Chef Parker White.
$30 per person. Open Seating: 6-8 pm
Call or …

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[1 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,260 views]
Chocolate for Everyone, Including Vegans

I met Betsy and Laura for dinner at Daily Juice Cafe on 45th and Duval. For dessert, we shared three delicious chocolate truffles made with raw cacao. Raw foodies LOVE cacao. Most of the folks we met at Daily Juice had this wild eyed, intense look that I think is attributed to eating so much cacao. Cacao contains phenylethylamine which is said to increase focus, alertness, and keep you happy.
Cacao is a major source of magnesium and over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in the mineral. This …

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[27 Feb 2009 | 5 Comments | 4,011 views]
Pomegranate Juice Wonderfulness

The folks at POM Wonderful found my blog and offered to send me a case of their pomegranate juice to try. Normally, I’m not much a juice drinker. I learned a while ago that when drinking my calories, I prefer them to come in the form of wine.

The case arrived yesterday, just in time for our staff meeting, so I decided to share with others to see what they thought. Some reactions:

I loved it….sweet but not too sweet, tart but not too tart. I also LOVE the bottle shape.
I feel …

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