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Kicking off the holiday season with pumpkin muffins

In Breakfast, Dessert, DIY, Jasmin Sun, Snacks on December 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

By Jasmin Sun

Nothing says “festive” to me more than pumpkin.  Especially when scented with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the quintessential holiday fragrance. Sure, the veggie might be more appropriate for Thanksgiving, but bake it into a muffin with chocolate chips and you have a delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast fit for any day of the year.

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Living the sweet life in Hyde Park with great gelato.

In Dessert, Dinner, Hyde Park, Joshua Avelar, Restaurant Review on December 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

By Joshua Avelar

I cannot stress enough how much I love living near Hyde Park. The eating opportunities and great vibe in this small neighborhood makes gives every night the potential for a great, unforgettable experience. Enter Dolce Vita Gelato and Espresso on Duval Street between 42nd and 43rd streets, a small café with a classy vibe yet nice selection of board games to keep you entertained at your table.

Gelato selection at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

The gelato flavors offered at Dolce Vita are spectacularly diverse, still keeping within the Austin “weird and usual” motif. My eyes caught the cinnamon roll flavor. It’s not too often that a frozen treat could remind my tastes buds so much of a warm pastry, but the cinnamon roll gelato definitely did the trick. It was like I could still taste the warm dough and icing from the cinnamon roll that inspired this gelato.

Cinnamon roll gelato at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar

Being that a close friend of mine accompanied me to Dolce Vita, I was able to try another gelato flavor: blackberry and lemon. It’s not very often that I find blackberry-flavored treats, so I could not let this opportunity pass me up. It had the right levels of sweetness and tartness I would expect from a blackberry and lemon-flavored treat. I could definitely tell that Dolce Vita did not mess with the natural flavors of this gelato concoction. I thoroughly enjoyed this flavor, and it just may be the best gelato I’ve had in Austin so far.

Blackberry and lemon-flavored gelato at Dolce Vita. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

I’m not too big into the caffeine culture so I did stay away from the “espresso” part of Dolce Vita. I did however manage to try out one of their delicious sandwiches. Dolce Vita’s mozzarella sandwich comes with thick slices of the rich cheese, basil and fresh pesto. I topped it off with some delicious prosciutto and it made for one of the best sandwiches I’ve had here in Austin. I’m excited to come back to Dolce Vita many more times to give their menu the navigation it truly deserves.

Mozarella sandwich with prosciutto and a side of apples. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

Dark Chocolate Candy – With a Bacon Injection!

In Bacon Week, Dessert, Mason Scheer on November 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Dark Chocolate, with a hint of Bacon. Photo by Mason Scheer

By Mason Scheer

We know what you’re thinking. As we come closer to the end of Bacon Week, almost every kind of meal is covered for your day of bacon. Everything from breakfast to dinner, and all in-between. But you’re ready for dessert. Nothing too heavy, you have been eating bacon all day. Maybe a delicious candy bar will do the trick. But you still want that bacon. Fear not, for we have discovered the solution.

A Dark Bacon Bar.

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Coolhaus serves up some sweet architecture

In Bacon Week, Dessert, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Restaurant Review on November 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Brown Butter with Candied Bacon ice cream sandwich with Snickerdoodle cookies. Photo by Jonathan Fong. Edited by Jasmin Sun.

By Jasmin Sun

Growing up, the only ice cream sandwich I could get my hands on was wrapped in foil, printed with a polar bear’s likeness.  Now, I’m not knocking the Klondike bar when I say this — and hey, they’re now Kanye West-approved! — but oh, how times have changed for the tastier.  Nowadays, not only can you get an ice cream sandwich made with fresh-baked cookies, you can get one filled with locally sourced, handmade ice cream.  And once you’ve discovered that said handmade frozen dairy deliciousness contains bits of candied bacon à la Coolhaus, going back to anything prepackaged is out of the question.

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Bacon Week: Bacon + Donut = Best Idea Ever

In Bacon Week, Breakfast, Dessert, Dish Review, Food Cart, Rebecca Adams on November 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs. Photo by Rebecca Adams

By Rebecca Adams

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

This was the first thing that came out of my mouth when a friend told me about the Flying Pig donut at Gourdoughs.  This delectable, heart-attack inducing monstrosity consists of a fluffy donut doused in maple syrup icing, topped with a mound of crunchy bacon.  It isn’t too hard to imagine my surprise that this mythical creation actually exists.

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Pleasant Surprises and Shocking Upsets at Gypsy Picnic

In Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Dish Review, Festival, Food Cart, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Vegetarian on November 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Chimichurri Seitan Wrap at Conscious Cravings. Photo by Jessie Wang, Editing by Jasmin Sun

As you might have garnered from my comrades’ previous posts, the Gypsy Picnic food trailer festival took place this past Saturday (Nov. 6) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  It goes without saying that there were plenty of delicious eats to be had at the event–which was, for the record, like Austin City Limits for food–so I’ll be concentrating on what I found to be the most unexpectedly tasty dish as well as a cart that wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.

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Sweet night at the Gypsy Picnic.

In Dessert, Festival, Food Cart, Joshua Avelar, Snacks on November 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

 

The Gypsy Picnic at Auditorium Shores. Photo by Joshua Avelar.

 

By Joshua Avelar

The first annual Gypsy Picnic at Austin’s Auditorium shores went smoothly. The event showcasing Austin’s most famous and original food trailers came during a brisk Saturday afternoon and lasted throughout the chilly November night. Fittingly, the last two hours of the festival made ample desert time, as most of the trailers had already ran out of food. There’s nothing like warm, delicious sweets to end a cool evening.

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Festival Fun – Hey Cupcake

In Dessert, Festival, Mason Scheer on November 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

The work is over, and the fun can now begin. I am standing here live at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010, an amazing music and fun festival. I’m with my company Anarchy Championship Wrestling, but ready to kick back and relax.

Before seeing MGMT or riding the mechanical bull, we decided to treat ourselves to some cupcakes. Hey Cupcake is one of the decadent trailers here, and the sweets are incredible. Buttercream chocolate, strawberry, layers of icing, a good sweet to kick us off.

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The First and Last Place to Get Your Halloween Sugar Fix

In Dessert, Jasmin Sun on October 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress

Ah Halloween.  A season of rampant horror movies, orange-and-black decor, and the one night of the year where scraps of cloth qualify as adequate clothing. Questionable costume choices aside, it’s also a time when consuming large amounts of sugar is accepted and even encouraged.  So to commemorate this lovely holiday, I’ve decided to provide a peek into one of Austin’s holiest meccas of the sweet stuff: Big Top Candy Shop.

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East Austin Unveiled: Rio’s Brazilian Café

In Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, East Austin, Gluten Free, Jasmin Sun, Lunch, Restaurant Review, Vegetarian on October 25, 2010 at 1:54 am

Dinner at Rio's Brazilian

Like most everyone in Austin, I am hit with a slight tinge of paranoia when venture across Interstate 35 into the east side of the city. It’s seen as the “dangerous” part of town, somewhere you should aim to avoid when the sun goes down. Either that, or white hipsterville. While the area does have its fair share of sketchy neighborhoods and artsy-fartsy establishments, the food there certainly should not be discounted. And in this case, I am telling you to run, not walk, to Rio’s Brazilian Café.

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