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Byte of Texas Speakers

I am so excited about the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance first ever conference called Byte of Texas. On September 27-28 here in Austin we will be hosting bloggers from far and wide to come learn, discuss and grow ourselves and our blogs. Hope to see you there! Here’s a description of the event: Byte of Texas […]

Cooking Planit Slide Show

I am testing a new slider for the Cooking Planit Blog. Check out some of our great recipes. Tweet

Menu for the Big Chill

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  Menu is in for the Big Chill on June 26. Tickets still available here.   Drinks Chameleon Cold-Brew   The Dude- Orange White Russian   Good Pop   “Pop”tails featuring Strawberry Lemonade and Hibiscus Mint   Bites The Carillon   Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Jumbo Lump Crab, Crisp Wonton and Yuzu-Koshu   Celtic Seafare   Irish Soda Bread […]

The Big Chill

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  It’s the coolest event in the hot Texas summer: the Big Chill! Join the Austin Food Blogger Alliance for a night to remember. Dress up and cool down with chilly bites from some of Austin’s top restaurants in the beautiful Bullock Texas State History Museum. Chefs from top Austin restaurants—including The Carillon, No Va, […]

Live Fire 2014

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It’s that time of year again! Since the more intimate Austin Wine and Food Fest has gone “Hollywood” or more accurately “New York” the only smaller Austin-centric event is Live Fire. Usually it is held the Thursday before the festival but this year it will be the week before on April 17. So come out […]

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Taste of Austin

One of my favorite foodie events in Austin is back at the Palmer Events Center on 1/27.  Use discount code “EBTOA”  for 20% off early bird tickets.  General admission tickets (regularly $25) are available for $20
and reserved seating tickets (regularly $35) are currently available for $28 
on their website at www.tasteofaustin.org.

Week of 1000 Cocktails Part 2

Next stop on the cocktail train was a mixology class sponsored by Hendricks gin. It was all very mysterious. I saw an add online for a Hendricks class at a secret location. I submitted my info and within 24 hours, I got the invite and the location was revealed to be Kenichi on 4th and Colorado. I had heard about the great happy hour at Kenichi, so I headed straight over from work to try some of the offerings before class began. There is a huge assortment of rolls, appetizers, and even main courses discounted from 5-7.  The crowd of trendy downtowners and better than average sushi are definitely a draw.  The place was packed by 7pm.  I tried the wild boar potstickers as well as a couple of the rolls. If you do not mind crowds or parking hassles, it really is a good deal on the happy hour.

After we sampled some drinks made with Hendricks gin at the bar, we convened in a backroom outfitted with a full bartenders set up at each of our seats.  The entertaining presentation included details of how Hendricks is made in small batches in two different kinds of stills for a gin that has a pleasant hint of cucumber and roses.  We also learned to make 3 kinds of gimmlets.  As you can imagine, we were a pretty rowdy bunch by the end.  I stuck around afterwards to try some of the passed appetizers including a lovely little lamb chop.

Final cocktail party was at the Wine and Food Foundation’s Big Reds and Bubbles at the Driskill.  I received an invitation to pour a couple of days prior.  I think my blood was probably about 60 proof after the week long festivities I had been indulging in but I knew I had to attend this and I was so glad I did.  I ended up pouring for the distributor that carries Penfolds and they brought out the big dogs.  The RWT shiraz received the following review from Wine Spectator-  93 points  “Rich, ripe and focused, with a lovely purity to the blackberry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, playing against bittersweet chocolate notes on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2010 through 2020.” And the fabled Grange, also from Wine Spectator-   98 points Wine Spectator: “Smooth and seductive, this delivers a full-throated chorus of currant, plum, blackberry and spice flavors, hinting at coffee and cardamom as the finish floats and sails easily over a bed of polished, refined tannins. A touch of black olive balances nicely against it all. Beautifully structured, expressive and very long. Best from 2012 through 2025.”  The RWT retails around $100 a bottle and the Grange goes for $500.

This is officially the most expensive bottle of wine I have ever had.  It was at the same time complex and smooth.  Peppery, like you would expect from a shiraz but with a beautiful background of dark fruit and a finish that I am still tasting.  I ended the evening with a gorgeous plate of petit fours from Tony Sansalone, pastry chef at the Driskill, and a small glass of the Grange sitting on the balcony overlooking 6th street.  What a magical Austin moment.

So dive into cocktail season in Austin.  You will not regret it!

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Michael Pollan on KLRU Overheard

Michael Pollan,  author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food,  will be in Austin next week for Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week.  Click to purchase tickets for what is sure to be a wonderful evening on December 10.  Or RSVP herefor a free taping Saturday morning December 11 at KLRU studios taping of […]

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Week of 1000 Cocktails Part 1

As the weather gets colder, Austin turns from the outdoor festival mecca to the indoor cocktail soiree.  I kicked the season off with a bang last week doing 4 parties in 1 week.  That may seem like a long weekend to some but it was a wonderfully exhausting tour of some of the best in […]

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The Grange

A rare opportunity to sip on $500 a bottle Shiraz at the Wine and Food Foundation fund raiser at the Driskill. Tweet

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Mary Booth’s Favorite Lemon Tartlets

Mary Booth and I met at a Slow Food Austin potluck several years ago.  I made these tartlets because at the time I was hoping to launch a commercial endeavor selling lemon curd.  Mary was on the Slow Food Board and an enthusiastic supporter of local farms and food.  Because of health issues, she told […]

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christy111luv’s Custom Schedule for Gypsy Picnic 2010

christy111luv’s Custom Schedule for Gypsy Picnic 2010. Hope to see all my fellow foodies on Saturday! Tweet

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Marx Foods’ Iron Foodie 2010

While this may not be news to those that know me, Dear Reader, I am a bit competitive.  The Foodie Blogroll, a great resource site for food bloggers looking to network and monetize their blogs, holds several contests every month in conjunction with various sponsors.  Their latest contest really sounds intriguing so I decided to […]

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Pitchfork Fondue

Why have I never heard of this before?  I love meat.  I love fried things.  I love using yard tools for cooking utensils.  I ran across this concept researching answers for an online contest.  I am thinking this would be a great use for that big pot of peanut oil used to fry a turkey  for […]

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