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[24 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,498 views]
Blue Dahlia – A little gem!

Fellow food blogger and colleague Lindsay arranged for a group of us to have lunch yesterday at Blue Dahlia — a restaurant on East 11th Street that is part of the cities restoration effort of the area. Thanks to friend and Food Touring reader Lisa for suggesting we go there!
The menu included lots of salads and sandwiches and the setting was really beautiful — both the wooded indoor space and the nice outside patio where we had lunch. Lindsay and I split the chicken salad sandwich with pine nuts and …

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[24 Sep 2008 | 7 Comments | 1,352 views]
It’s All About the Forks

I have to give a shout-out to Adam, Mike, Brian, John, Mark, June, and Sally — the Friday lunch crew from my previous job at UT Law.
We would go out to lunch every Friday and I took on the role of the Lunch Czar — making sure that everyone had an equal chance to pick where we went. I also devised a fork-based rating system (between 1-5) along with comments and posted the scores on a rudimentary internal site.
Adam sent me the attached screenshot of the very cool updated website. …

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[22 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,114 views]
A Rich 30th Birthday

Thank you to my amazing friends and family for helping me celebrate my 30th birthday in style! Many of you gave me food-related gifts — the collection of New Yorker food writing, an adorable homemade apron, a gift card to William Sonoma, and a Whole Foods gift certificate for cooking classes. Stay tuned for posts about the classes soon!

A fun group of friends took me to dinner at Titaya’s Thai on N. Lamar last night. I hadn’t been there and it was pretty good–particularly the shrimp summer rolls. I’ll be …

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[22 Sep 2008 | No Comment | 932 views]
Primizie – A Wonderful Dining Experience in East Austin

On Friday I took Brooke out for her birthday dinner at Primizie, an Italian Osteria on the quickly gentrifying East 11th Street. I’d been there twice for lunch and enjoyed wonderful sandwiches and was looking forward to checking out the scene for dinner. At lunch we had always sat inside and it gets pretty loud because of the acoustics.

It was a gorgeous evening so we sat out on the sidewalk. We split a glass of Pinot Grigio — neither of us was in the mood to drink but wanted …

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[19 Sep 2008 | One Comment | 1,143 views]
AT&T Center Amuses the Palette

Today was the first opportunity for local media to tour the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. As the media contact for AT&T in Austin, I was lucky enough to join them. The photo at left shows AT&T wireless executive Chris Penrose during an interview with the local NBC affiliate in the 300-seat amphitheatre. AT&T provided cutting edge technology including AT&T U-verse TV and complimentary WiFi throughout the facility as part of their commitment to the University.
We were all pleased to end the tour in the beautiful Carillon restaurant, one …

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[19 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | 913 views]
Olivia’s for Meat Lovers, And I was Surprised

Longtime readers of my blog (mind you — I began blogging in July) may remember a field trip I took to Lockhart with some friends to taste-test the BBQ. Recently I’ve cut back dramatically on the amount of meat in my diet — mostly for ecological and health reasons.

Last weekend I joined a group of friends for dinner at a much buzzed-about new restaurant, Olivia. From what I had heard, the building and the menu strive for sustainability and the restaurant serves only locally grown products. In my mind, …

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[19 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,351 views]

I just moved into the neighborhood a little over a week ago but I’d wager that the pizza at Cipollina is the best in Clarksville. I’m starting to think that Clarksville is also the best neighborhood in Austin. I love walking my black lab Lucy to the neighborhood dog park or to Pease Park and passing by stately mansions dating back to the 1920′s, cottages from the 1940′s, and eco-friendly modern homes.

Last Sunday, Ilyse came over to check out my new digs. We were both starving — me from unpacking …

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