I just returned from a fun girls trip to Greece with my friends Linda and MJ. We did a lot of traveling, island-hopping, eating, picture-taking, laughing and memory-making in 10 days. We started and ended in Athens and also visited the islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. Here are ten of my favorite sights we saw. Continue reading
I sometimes ask myself and am sometimes asked why I take pictures of my food. For the record, I usually abstain from pulling out my phone unless I’m dining with other people who also take photos of their food or my companion knows I’m just pulling it out for the photo. I love the connection of the food, the chef, the culture, and the experience, and in taking a photo, it’s my hope to freeze the memory of a delicious meal and the special moments with my dining companions.
So, here we go with August’s flavors.
Duck Hash and Chocolate Tart at Blackbird and Henry (brunch menu)
Loved this dish. My only criticism is that I wanted MOAR. Continue reading
Traveling to Spain enlightened my wanderlust and was a learning experience in traveling smart and happy. Here are seven Spain and travel-related things I learned. Continue reading
I enjoy eating food and taking photos of the food I eat. Here’s some of the food and drinks I enjoyed in July.
Mango and Strawberry Shaved Ice at Snow Monster
A refreshing cold treat on a hot summer day. Continue reading
One of the best things about Spain was the food. If you’re a wanderlusting food-lover, Spain is the place to go. I traveled with the most food-enthusiastic and food-adventurous people I know, so you bet every meal was an ambitious effort to try something new, different and top-notch.
As any country, Spain has traditional dishes unique to the country. Tapas (small plates) are popular and ordering a few tapas to share satisfied our group of four on more than one occasion. A few restaurants had the traditional counter-top tapas, giving you the option to take and pay by the bite, which was like a crostini with your choice of toppings. Other restaurants were small servings of dishes, providing an easy way to order several to try. Continue reading
My spontaneous weekend trip to Padre Island was thrown together in the three days before it happened but it made my life list pretty happy. About three hours and 45 minutes away from Austin, it’s a great place for a weekend trip. Continue reading
Pizza, brunch, noodles, tater tots…dang, eaten’ in June was good and filled with all my favorites. Unless noted, the establishments are located in the Austin area.
Cacio e Pepe with a meatball at Patrizi’s
Loved the meatball and the texture of the pasta. I wished it were a little saucier. It was a filling portion of food. Continue reading
With the wealth of recipes available on the Internet, using a cookbook wasn’t a regular activity for me. Many would agree, it’s much easier to find a recipe or use a combination of recipes online that fit your time limit, serving size, and available ingredients instead of making do with a recipe in front of you. What I didn’t expect when I started this goal of cooking through a cookbook was how rewarding it would be.
In November 2012, Deb Perelman of the blog Smitten Kitchen came to Austin for her new cookbook tour. My friend Rochelle, being a big fan of the blog, invited me to hear her speak and we ended up getting new, signed cookbooks. I’ve had cookbooks before but they are mostly focused on cupcakes and baking. They also collect dust on my bookshelf. With this new cookbook and the desire to expand my cooking skills, I set out to make all the recipes in 2013. Spoiler alert: to date, I’ve completed 59 out of 105 recipes. Continue reading