Browsing category: Food & Wine

An Italian Wine Pairing Experience at Numero 28

Not too long ago, I declared myself to be a trendspotter. Does anyone remember why??  No? It's ok. I'll remind you.  There's a definite trend going on downtown. If-a you speak-a some Italiano, you might-a know what I'm-a talking about-a. Italian restaurants are the most happening spots for downtown dining right now. It's a trend, all right. Spotter here. Calling it. (Just let me revel in my rightness for two seconds and I'll be done. Promise.) We were introduced to this very cute Italian eatery by some new friends who

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Top Ten Best Desserts in Austin

If there had been a university in all the land which offered a "Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dessert," I would have enrolled, made straight A's and proudly framed the diploma on a wall in my kitchen. My parents would have played bridge with their friends, discussed all the children's lives and have been able to do their share of bragging about me. "Oh, she's doing so well in school! But do pray for her. She's studying for an especially difficult exam this week on creme brulee and chocolate cake." Actually, with my very best Downton

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The 5 Restaurants Next Up On My List to Try

If you're a list-maker, list-taker, list-lover like I am, you might also have a list of all the restaurants you've tried, liked, loved - or wouldn't recommend to anyone. I have such lists, and in the same order as the previous categories, my lists are long, long, long and short. Here's why. It's not hard for me to find something I like at pretty much any restaurant.  Especially in Austin. While I definitely have developed a detailed list of favorites, I'm always game for trying some grub at a new spot or checking an

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Happy Hour at Bob’s Steak and Chop House

When we got married, I enjoyed learning to cook for my husband, but it was clear by the time we crossed the threshold that we had been raised differently when it came to what our moms had cooked for dinner. I - one of five kids in a large blended family - had enjoyed the best weeknight casseroles on the planet. He - an only child - was accustomed to a weeknight steak and four side dishes. Thirty-five years later, I'd be just as happy with a good, cheesy casserole, a slice of buttered bread and a glass of ice-cold milk.

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Coffee and Dessert at Cipollina (a West Austin bistro)

I haven't yet reached the place in blogging where people pay you to write nice things about them.  However, I've already decided what I will say when that time comes. I will only write about you if I can say nice things.  Especially when it comes to restaurants, I know that people work hard for their money, so I just don't want to call attention to any of them in a negative way.  We can leave that to the health department. If you see it on my blog, you'll know it was good. Even if they pay me to say it.  Now that we have that

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4 Great Places to Treat the Man in Your Life (Part 2)

We have a running joke between us. My man has a natural instinct for what works and what doesn't. What should be watched out for and what should be jumped into. What's gonna stink and what's gonna smell like roses. Except when it comes to movies.  We don't know how this can happen so inexplicably often, but he just can't pick a movie. We've sat through some really long and grueling this-is-two-hours-of-my-life-I'll-never-get-back films, preceded by him begging me to let him try just one more time. This one will be good, he

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Soup and Sandwich – at Garbo’s Food Truck

There are at least two things about parenting that they just don’t tell you in the manual.  1. You can’t really practice ahead of time how to use a rectal thermometer.   2. PTA will wear you completely out... in a very good way. The year we moved to the country so that our 5th grade son could raise and show pigs (yikes!), our rural school district was bursting at the seams. There were three schools in the district: elementary, middle and a brand new high school.  That meant that the parent/teacher organizations had to work

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Chicken and Waffles at Forthright

At the previous law firm where I worked, we had a white board. It hung inconspicuously, clean and dry, on the wall behind my desk - until Fridays. Once a week, when people were bringing donuts to share, and eating their weekly breakfast tacos, and wearing their jeans, I found that my coworkers could let their hair down, just a teensy, and share something about themselves on-the-white-board.  Sometimes I posted a question, like, "What was your favorite summer activity when you were a kid?" Or, at Halloween, "If you

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A Scenic Day Trip to Krause Springs and Stone House Vineyard

I just dearly love Thanksgiving.  The flavors, the togetherness, the weather - and the family games. This year, we played Hedbanz, and it was great fun! By the time Friday rolls around, though, if you're like me, you kinda start itchin' for a little something to do outside.   Shopping? Maybe.  More likely, something like a great little day trip.  So we made turkey sandwiches from two loaves of French bread that we could slice when we reached our destination, and loaded them into our insulated picnic bag, along with a bag

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3 New Happy Hour Favorites

Austin is our first experience at city-life.  Like Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert in Green Acres, moving to a new spot sometimes involves a pretty steep learning curve! I probably saw all 170 episodes of Green Acres, over six seasons, and I don't remember Lisa Douglas ever learning to cook or clean. She just kept wearing her fancy jewelry and looking pretty - pretty out of place. When you move to a new place, whether rural to urban or city to country, there's going to be a learning curve. Some things are learned on purpose and

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