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[1 Mar 2013 | 12 Comments | 104,056 views]
25 Recommended Downtown Austin Restaurants

Sometimes, when people visit Austin for the weekend, or for events like SXSW, they decide not to rent a car if they are staying downtown. Downtown Austin used to be sort of a ghost town as far as great restaurants went, with a few sprinkled here and there, but not enough to sustain even a weekend visitor very easily. Luckily, Austin is growing like mad, and new restaurants are opening every week.

For the Austin City Guide, I’ve pulled together a list of my top 25 downtown restaurants, with “downtown” in …

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Memories, Tours »

[13 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 4,274 views]
Out-of-Town Visitors’ Austin Recommendations: Part 2

Our wedding guests sent in some great recommendations for me to pass on to other visitors to Austin. Here’s part two of the series.
Rachel Lanman:
From an out of towner/former local, my favorites:

Yummy brunch at Olivia– especially their fried chicken
Getting Upper Crust cinnamon rolls and coffee at Flipnotics on the way to Barton Springs
Green chile queso from Torchy’s
Pimento cheese sandwich and Tom’s Fudge from Wheatsville Co-op

Disappointment:

Ice cream at Lick

Biggest tip:
When time is tight, it’s never too late (or early) to get your Texas fix– 9 a.m. Salt Lick BBQ breakfast tacos …

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Tasty Tuesdays »

[24 Feb 2012 | 44 Comments | 8,957 views]
Best Italian in Austin

I’m very excited to be participating in the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s 2012 City Guide, a compilation of posts with recommendations on food and drink in our fair city. My first contribution is this guide to the best Italian food in Austin. Now, when I moved to Austin in late 2003, the Italian offerings were pretty slim. Vespaio, which is still one of the best Italian restaurants in town, was open, but to my memory, there wasn’t much else in terms of really good Italian food.

Since then, the Italian food …

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Tasty Bits »

[25 Nov 2011 | 27 Comments | 2,411 views]
Holiday Gifts You Can Buy Online

It’s Black Friday at almost 3 p.m., and we haven’t left the house because we’re afraid of all the shoppers out for Black Friday! With my fear of dealing with traffic and lines and general frustration, it seemed like perfect timing to share some holiday gift ideas for those who like me, want to buy as many gifts as possible online.
One of my favorite gift ideas are cookbooks and coffee table books. I love something that is both useful and beautiful at the same time. When the PR firm for …

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Memories, Profiles, Tours, Travels »

[23 Oct 2011 | 8 Comments | 2,451 views]
Insider’s Tour of French Cheese Culture

I wrote two blog posts for Whole Food’s Whole Story blog — one on a vineyard tour and tasting, and this one, on our extensive cheese tour in Paris. Click here or the image below to check it out.

Special thanks to Antoine Marsot of Interval Export for planning a wonderful day for us. We are also so grateful to Sebastien, the manager of one of the Paris locations of Beillevaire, for opening the store for us during his lunch break and gracefully letting us taste anything in the store.
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