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[25 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,347 views]
Blue Star Brings Upscale Comfort Food to Austin

This weekend I finally got the chance to check out Blue Star Cafeteria – an upscale diner located at 4800 Burnet Road. I hadn’t heard great things from friends who had been there in the past but we decided to check it out anyway. I went earlier than my friends and hoped to enjoy a vodka soda at the bar. However, this spot is wine and beer only so I went with a crisp white wine instead. This gave me a chance to check out the atmosphere, menu, and clientele. …

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[19 Aug 2008 | 8 Comments | 1,502 views]
Way Better than Red Lobster

If you have ever visited Louisiana, enjoy seafood, or like your dinner fresh, simple, and delicious, you must check out Quality Seafood on Airport Boulevard.
Those who took a peek at their web site should know that the place is in no way fancy or upscale. It’s three businesses in one, really — a fresh seafood market, restaurant, and down ‘n dirty oyster bar. It’s open Monday through Saturday.
The first time I experienced Quality Seafood was with a group of local swing dancers who invited me to come check out …

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[6 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,112 views]
Don’t refuse WeFuse

Everything at WeFuse, a new Asian lunch spot on 4th and Brazos seems well thought out…except the name. Who cares about that when the food is this delicious, reasonably priced, and healthy! This is the kind of place that us downtown working stiffs really need.
Katie, Eric, and I met Rick, who was at a conference downtown for lunch today and we all ordered bento trays. My companions were smart — they ordered “the deal” that includes any tray + miso soup and iced tea for $10. Mine was $8 and …

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[5 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,280 views]
lulu b’s vietnamese sandwiches

Over the past few years, trailers serving food have popped up all over South Austin. We are used to seeing taco stands all over town but these new trailers are different. They are sleek, hip, and often feature more upscale food.

On Saturday I went to Iron Rock Raceway with Rick and Bryce to watch them race Go Karts. After over an hour of driving tiny cars around a hot track wearing thick jumpsuits, they were ready to grab a bite to eat. Since they weren’t dressed for indoor dining, we …

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[1 Aug 2008 | 5 Comments | 1,383 views]
July in Greece

As with most vacations, the majority of our time in Greece was spent planning our next meal or complaining about how full we felt. We regularly enjoyed locally produced greek salad, olive oil, feta cheese, tzatziki, freshly caught seafood, yogurt, honey, and wine.
Each of our three hotels in Athens, Santorini, and Sifnos, provided us with a breakfast more elaborate than the last. The highlight was the spread provided at Niriedes hotel in Sifnos. It included Greek coffee (it’s the same as Turkish coffee – thick and sludgy), local cookies and …

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[30 Jul 2008 | 5 Comments | 2,491 views]
BBQ in Lockhart

Since moving to Austin from New York City in 2003, one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is to take short road trips with friends and check out the amazing food experiences that Texas has to offer. The Salt Lick, in Driftwood — just twenty minutes from Austin – is the gold standard of BBQ for me.

Nothing beats the flavor-packed sausage, freshly baked white bread, and delicious, not too mayonnaisey sides. A couple years ago, when I first moved to Austin, I visited Cooper’s BBQ in Llano.
It was …

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[30 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | 3,127 views]
Royer’s in Round Top

There’s almost nothing that I like better than a freshly-baked pie. Growing up, I enjoyed my mom’s famous apple pies on special occasions – usually when we had guests over for dinner – and for breakfast the next morning.
Although I grew up on the East coast, I know that there are some serious pie-bakers here in Texas as well. I recently planned a road trip with four of my closest girl friends to Round Top for a day of pie tasting at Royer’s.
Not hurting for PR, the café was …

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