Addie’s So Cool



Addie Broyles is a food writer for the Austin American Statesman.  She is also a mother, daughter, blogger, feminist champion, chicken farmer, social media ninja, and a million other things too numerous to list. I first read Addie’s words when she was brought to the Statesman soon after Kitty Crider retired from her post at the Statesman.  Big shoes to fill indeed.  I first met Addie at a blogger’s happy hour at Opal Divine’s on South Congress that Addie organized in a continuing effort to bring together the online foodie community in Austin at a time when bloggers were seen by most traditional media as a direct threat.  Instead of  treating the online community as competition, Addie’s approach was to organize a real dialogue and  foster a personal connection that I hope she has profited from as much as we have.

Photo courtesy of the Austin American Statesman


I recently was invited to celebrate Addie’s birthday at a gorgeous spot near the pedestrian bridge on North Lamar known as Open Room Austin.  Mando Reyes from Tacojournalism grilled up some delicious tacos and brought his beautiful wife and cute as a button daughter to socialize.  Addie invited us all to this ” Pay it Forward”  dinner where the attendees where asked to enjoy the evening but instead of inviting Addie to a reciprocal event or bringing a gift, she requested we do something nice for someone else in a typically selfless act.  I have been racking my brain for my “Pay it Forward” event and I think I came up with a good idea.

Austin is suffering from a record breaking heat wave that currently has us in our 37th day of 100+ temperatures.  I seem to live right now going from my air conditioned car to a hopefully air conditioned building.  Unfortunately, there is a large need, especially among the elderly in Austin, for donations of fans to help deal with the extreme heat for those that do not have air conditioning .  Family Eldercare Austin is down to a dozen fans and in desperate need of donations to help people literally survive.

Addie’s so cool, I think we should show her our appreciation for her many contributions to the Austin foodie community by donating to this worthy cause in her name. You can bring a new fan to any fire station in Austin, San Marcos, or Georgetown through August or you can contribute online here to Family Eldercare.  You are more than welcome to donate anonymously but if you would like to add a comment documenting your gift, I would be honored to share these with Addie in an effort to show her how much we appreciate her.

Now I know Addie did not intend for our “Pay it Forward” acts to be done in her name but I am hoping my shameless use of the goodwill she generates will inspire my fellow foodies to act just like she has inspired me.  I will be dropping a fan off this weekend at the fire station closest to my house.  Hope you find the time to do the same. 

Thanks to all of you in advance!

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My name is Christy and I was born, raised, and still live in Austin, TX. I love to travel. I have been all over the US, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, etc. My second favorite place in the world is Negril, Jamaica where I have been 10 times and counting. I am a trained pastry chef but I am not currently working in "the industry" right now. I became a pastry chef in part to complement the fabulous dinners conjured up by my best friends Ethan and Michelle, who hopefully will be contributing to this blog as well. We went through a 2 year period of "Tuesday Night" dinner parties which were a smorgasbord of bloody meat and red, red wine. Friendships and laughter. The men did all the cooking while the women got tipsy, as all dinner parties should be. If I wanted to participate with food, I had to bring something and I became Dessert Girl. Eventually I attended the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Texas Culinary Academy and received a certificate in Pastry and Baking. I have had several baking jobs but found it hard to make ends meet, so I earn my living elsewhere for now. I have had the pleasure of working with several celebrity chefs including Rebecca Rather, Bronwen Weber, and David Lebovitz. I have also cultivated some amazing friends and resources in the Central Texas area and would like to share my knowledge with all who care to join me. My most recent honor was winning Best Sweet at the Bacon Takedown during SXSW 2011. As the culinary icon Ms. Childs' says, "Bon Appetit!" ***CONTACT ME at or twitter @christy111luv***

6 thoughts on “Addie’s So Cool”

  1. Christy, I think it was fate that I happened to check out your blog today! We have an unused fan in our laundry room, and I keep meaning to get rid of it. Now I know how to give it to a good cause. Thank you!

  2. Christy, It was great hanging with you at this event and I think you came up with an absolutely perfect idea. I will be dropping a fan off at my local fire house this week. Of course I will say in honor of our mutual lovely friend Addie!

  3. Thank you Kristina! It was so good to meet your lovely daughter as well. See you ladies tomorrow!

  4. Thank you so much for this post and inspiring others to donate their fans!

  5. You are welcome Addie! I saw box fans on sale at Walgreen’s today for $16.99. If anybody else wants to donate a fan, this would be a good chance to get one at a bargain price!

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