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[31 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 26,593 views]
Odd Duck: A Great Place for a Date or to Catch Up with a Friend

Odd Duck was one of the most popular and successful food trailers in Austin during the food truck boom of 2010 to early 2012. It was one of the stops on the Tasty Up Food Trailer Tour that Addie Broyles and I hosted in 2010. Chef Bryce Gilmore closed Odd Duck to focus on his first brick-and mortar restaurant – Barley Swine.

In December, he along with partners Sam Hellman-Mass (chef), Jason James (bar and front-of-house), Mark Buley (chef and bread program), and Dylan Gilmore (brother and business manager) opened Odd Duck …

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[2 Jan 2013 | 6 Comments | 4,119 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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[18 Jan 2011 | 19 Comments | 3,765 views]
Michele’s Granola

I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate a milestone. This is my 400th post. YAY! Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled programming….
Yesterday I told you about the strange coincidence that two people from my past have started successful local businesses selling granola. Jessica, of Jessica’s Natural Foods, and Michele, of Michele’s Granola.
I know Michele from our high school days in Potomac, MD. Michele was in the same class as me, David F. (aka Famous Fat Dave), and Dhani Jones (the pro football player and all-around renaissance man). …

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[17 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 1,966 views]
Jessica’s Granola

I’ve always loved the crunchy, sweet, healthy goodness of granola in cereal, as a topping for yogurt, or in bar form thrown into my purse or backpack for a snack. There’s something special about granola, and I’ve been thinking about that recently because two people from my past have started successful, granola-based businesses. I’ll be dedicating this post and tomorrow’s post to telling their story.
The first is Jessica — a dear friend from my days at the University of Michigan. Jessica is very smart — she majored in Engineering at U …

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[17 May 2010 | 13 Comments | 3,371 views]
Eastside Showroom Keeping Austin Cool

A quick post about how much I love East Side Showroom, a place I love in spite of myself. Why didn’t I want to like it? Mostly, because of it’s popularity with the hipsters, higher prices, long waits, and smoky interior (due to ventilation issues in the kitchen that may now be resolved).

However, when Adam and I joined our friend Jon for dinner and drinks on a recent Monday night, we all felt it lived up to the hype. I’ve been thinking about it ever since and am going back …

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